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1920-M Shilling

The 1920 Shilling was the final example of the George V Shilling to feature an 'M' for Melbourne mint-mark. The total mintage for the year was 1,642,000 - which is a quite typical mintage for the series but is substantially lower than the high mintage's of the previous three years. This lower mintage makes the type quite scarce with PCGS population reports showing only 38 graded examples of which less than fifteen are mint-state examples. The year typically ...

1951 Florin

The 1951 florin is one of only two years struck bearing the Type II obverse featuring his majesty King George VI, the other being 1952. While a small number of bank rolls have surfaced, obtaining the coin in mint state can still be quite a challenge and if a higher mint state example is desired, a great deal of patience will be required. The date is usually relatively well struck up but most coins were sent up to Sydney by train before rolling resulting in coins often displaying numerous ...

1968 Sans SD Two Cent

The Type I two cent was issued from 1966 to 1984 with an additional proof striking in silver in 2006 as part of the 40th anniversary of decimal coinage set. It features Stuart Devlin's iconic frilled neck lizard design on the reverse, and the Arnold Machin effigy of her majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, on the obverse. The initials of Stuart Devlin can be found beneath the lizard on all pieces except for a number of 'Sans SD' pieces issued in 1967, 1968, and 1981 . ...

1945-Y Proof Penny

The penny switched over to the Kruger Gray, or Kangaroo reverse in 1937, though no business strikes were issued until 1938, and continued with the design until 1952. The design features a Kangaroo jumping to the left with AUSTRALIA around the top of the design, PENNY around the bottom, and the year right above that, just behind the Kangaroo's legs. The obverse features an uncrowned bust of King George VI facing to the left and the legend, GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND ...

1996 Proof Five Dollar

This piece is a commemorative coin, which pays tribute to the contributions made to Australian culture by the pastime of horse racing. This particular coin is just one out of a set of five $5 proof coins, all which were struck into sterling Silver. Australia is a country of rich culture there are people and events that have contributed to making it so. Each coin celebrates the achievements or effects of significant people and pastimes which have helped to shape the national ...

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1942 and 1943 Bombay Mint Copper

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Collecting Old Australian Coins

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The Silver of Edward VII

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Sydney Mint Half Sovereigns

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