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1911-S Full Sovereign

? The George V sovereign series was struck from 1911 to 1931 with the design changing from 1928 to 1929 with the two types being known as the Large Head and Small Head design respectively. Large Head Design Small Head Design The issue was struck in Australia at the Sydney, Melbourne and Perth mints up to 1926 and only the Melbourne and Perth mints thereafter. The mint of manufacture can be determined by the letter S, M or P on the exergue ...

2015-P Proof Silver High Relief Two Dollar

? This Aphrodite coin was released in 2015 as part of the Perth Mint's 'Goddesses of Olympus' series. The three coin series was struck in high relief with an antiqued finish. The reverse of this particular coin features Aphrodite on a beach with a mirror and dove in her hands. The design also includes the inscription 'APHRODITE.' The obverse houses the Ian Rank-Broadley portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II with the legend 'QUEEN ELIZABETH II - 2OZ 999 SILVER - 2015 TUVALU - 2 DOLLARS.' ...

1953(p) Dot after A Half Penny

? The Kangaroo design continued into this type, while after the coronation of Elizabeth II in late 1952, the obverse design changed to the bust of Elizabeth II facing to the right with the legend, ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA , designed by Mary Gillick. This legend continued until 1955, unlike other denominations where it concluded in 1954, but was altered due to public outcry of the omission of FIDEI DEF . All three dates are available though difficult compared with the rest ...

1956(p) Dot after Y One Penny

? The Kangaroo design continued into this type right until the introduction of decimal currency with the conclusion of the penny series in 1964. This type features a slightly reworded obverse legend, ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA F:D , which was modified after public outcry that the previous type omitted FIDEI DEF . All dates in the series are easy to acquire in mint state , though the 1959 plain from the Melbourne mint is quite scarce. Finding any date beyond MS64 is a challenge, ...

R.S. 127 One Baht

? While not originally intended to be a commemorative issue, the 1908 silver Erawan series earned its place among the commemorative issues of King Rama V due to a delay in their shipment from the Paris Mint. In the year 127 of the Kingdom of Rattanakosin , King Rama V ordered the production of 1 baht, two salung and one salung coins featuring the portrait of King Rama V in military uniform facing to the left on the obverse and Erawan, the mythical white elephant on the reverse. ...

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9-Nov-2022

The Australian One Cent

Walter Eigner The Australian One Cent is a keenly collected series owing to its attractive design and relative affordability. It was first issued in 1966 and continued as a regular issue until 1991. Due to its popularity, the coin was re-issued in 2006, 2010, and 2016 as part of collector sets.
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Cleaning Coins

Walter Eigner Cleaning coins is one of the most divisive issues in coin collecting though most of the contention stems from a misunderstanding of the problems with cleaning coins. Dealers typically advise new collectors that cleaning will devalue their coins then they go ahead and happily sell cleaned coins.
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Rare Pre-Decimal Coins

Anna Fhaumnuaypol Pre-decimals are coins that everyone, whether you are a collector or just starting out, usually have in their collection which have the potential to truly worth a lot of money. It represents a very interesting look into the past since when it was first introduced in Australia in 1910.
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1942 and 1943 Bombay Mint Copper

Anna Fhaumnuaypol During wartime, the demand for pennies and half pennies increased immensely due to pay requirements of Australian and American forces within Australia. However, the availability of metals, especially copper and silver used for coins, was in shortage due to it being used for the war effort for munitions. Moreover, people were continuing to hoard silver and copper coins in money boxes for fear of instability resulting in banks running out of coins to function their day-to-day routine.
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Collecting Old Australian Coins

Walter Eigner Collecting old Australian coins provides a fascinating glimpse into Australia's history through its circulating coinage. While there is a general impression that old coins are too expensive for new collectors to collect that couldn't be further from the truth. For just a few dollars you could obtain a later year mint-state pre-decimal coin, and for less than the cost of a modern proof set you can purchase a George V (1911-1936) pre-decimal coin.
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The case for certified coins

Walter Eigner The debate on certified coins vs uncertified coins has been going on in Australia since PCGS first reached the mainstream Australian market back in 2008. While today most Australian coin collectors favour PCGS graded coins, a recent incident has reaffirmed the importance of and buying certified coins and valuing them first, especially when buying on-line.
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Valuing Old Coins

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The Silver of Edward VII

Walter Eigner Although Australia had been a nation since 1901, it wasn't until 1910 that her first official coins were produced. While the Melbourne mint was producing sovereigns and half sovereigns at the time, these were technically Imperial British coins. The first coins issued specifically for Australia were struck in silver and of the denominations threepence, sixpence, shilling, and florin. These featured the Australian Coat of Arms on the reverse and the crowed bust of King Edward VII on the obverse.
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Sydney Mint Half Sovereigns

Walter Eigner The discovery of gold in the colony New South Wales in 1851 prompted a surge of immigration among prospectors seeking wealth in the new colony. This lead to the production of half sovereigns in Sydney as of 1855. Only 3.3 million half sovereigns were produced from 1855 to 1869 resulting in individual years being very scarce and valuable. To add to this, the high bullion content of Sydney mint half sovereigns, which were alloyed with silver, compared with their British counterparts, which were alloyed with copper...
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