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1963-Y Proof Half Penny

? The Kangaroo design continued into this type right until the introduction of decimal currency with the conclusion of the half penny series in 1964. This type features a slightly reworded obverse legend, ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA F:D , after public outcry that the previous type omitted FIDEI DEF . All dates in the series are easy to acquire in mint state, although the Perth mint issues from 1960 to 1964 are very difficult to find in higher mint state grades due to poor strikes ...

2008 Five Dollar

? This five dollar coin was issued by the Royal Australian Mint in order to celebrate 100 years since the birth of Sir Donald Bradman. He was and remains today to be considered one of the best batsman and many of the records he set during his career spanning more than 20 years are still standing today. When he was just 21 he broke the world record for test cricket batting with an innings of 334 runs. He captained Australia 24 times and had an individual test batting average of 99.94. He also ...

2008 Gold Overlaid One Dollar

? The Royal Australian Mint has produced a silver kangaroo piece every year since 1993. This piece was designed by iconic Australian Artist Reg Mombassa and features a caricatured kangaroo holding a football. The reverse also features the denomination

1930 Half Penny

? The 1930 half penny, while generally put alongside the 1931 in terms of rarity despite its higher mintage, is in fact a much scarcer coin, especially when sought in mint state. While the 1931 is readily available up to MS63, the 1930 is a different story being very scarce up to MS63 and rare in higher grades. The most likely explanation is that the 1930 was circulated during the high of the depression, and being a low denomination, it was also the most circulated coin of the time. The financial ...

2000-P Proof One Hundred Dollar

? This Against the Elements commemorative gold coin is one piece from a set of eight, which were issued to celebrate Australia staging the Olympic Games in Sydney, 2000. The series is called Olympic Gold and was released in celebration of the Olympic games. The eight coins were released in the year 2000 following a successful completion of the games. The coins were struck into gold with a weight of 10 grams. This was the first set of gold coins issued by the Royal Australian Mint and the series ...

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Valuing Old Coins

Walter Eigner By far the most common question we get asked is "what is my coin worth?" Perhaps you found a few old coins which is why you're here reading this article. Maybe you're a seasoned collector already looking to get more precise values for your coins than the printed catalogues can offer. Perhaps you're an investor looking to value your coin portfolio. This guide will cover all of that.

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.

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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