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1944 Florin

? In 1944 the Melbourne mint struck 22.44 million Australian florins bearing the Kruger Gray design of the Coat of Arms on the reverse and Paget's portrait of King George VI on the obverse. The San Francisco mint also assisted in the production of Australian florins, these can be differentiated from the Melbourne mint issue by the presence of an S mintmark above the date. The Melbourne Mint issue, despite the higher mintage is a much more difficult coin to acquire in mint ...

2005 Silver Proof One Dollar

? The 2005 One Dollar Gallipoli piece was issued to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings. The reverse features a minimalist depiction of a lone bugler playing the Last Post. In military tradition the Last Post bugle call is used to signify the end of the day but is also played at military funerals to pay tribute to the soldier who is now at rest. The reverse legend states

1913 Half Penny

? The third half penny struck for Australia was struck at the Royal mint London in 1913. Just over 2 million half pennies were struck that year though it is quite a difficult piece to find in mint state with no notable hoards having turned up. Mint state examples tend to be around the MS64 level though finding examples beyond this can be extremely difficult. Finding examples with original mint brilliance can also be quite a challenge and is often favoured over higher grade brown pieces. ...

1813 Type E|3 Dump

? The Mira Type E/3 Dump is the rarest Dump, probably an early trial, representing about 15 pieces. This type is best identified by an assymetrical Maltese Cross at the tip of the crown pointing between 'T' and 'H' of 'SOUTH' and unevenly spaced pearls in the crown.

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1942 and 1943 Bombay Mint Copper

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The Silver of Edward VII

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Sydney Mint Half Sovereigns

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