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1973 Ten Cent

? The Type I ten 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. The obverse features the Arnold Machin portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II and the reverse features Stuart Devlin's lyrebird design. Devlin's initials can be found to the right of the birds foot. Initials of designer Stuart Devlin on a 1970 Proof Ten Cent piece. The issue was struck at the Royal ...

1988 Two Dollar

? The Type II two dollar coin was first issued in 1988 to replace the two dollar note and continued to be issued until 1998. It features the Maklouf portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse . As this was the second type for all other circulating coin denominations for clarity and uniformity this type is also referred to as Type II on the two dollar coin. The reverse was designed by Horst Hahne and depicts an Aboriginal Elder, the Southern Cross constellation, and a grass tree. ...

1902 Five Pound

?Image from: PCGS . . 'ValueView'. Retrieved from https://www.pcgs.com/valueview/edward-vii-1902-1910/1902-5-s-3965/4030?sn=207343&h=pop

1919 Double Dot One Penny

? The 1919 double dot penny variety was struck in Australia. The exact mintage figure for the variety is unknown however it has an estimated mintage of only 20,000 to 40,000 pieces. The year has three varieties that are differentiated by small beads located around the scrolls on the reverse. The first variety has no dots, the second has a dot above the top scroll and a dot below the lower scroll , the final variety featuresa single dot below the lower scroll. The double dot is ...

1882-M Full Sovereign

? The Type III Shield sovereign features the Imperial shield design on the reverse paired with William Wyon's portrait of Queen Victoria on the obverse. It differs from the Type II Shield sovereign by having a smaller bust. A key identification point is illustrated below. The mint of this issue can be identified by a mintmark beneath the shield on the reverse as shown in the illustrations below: The absence of a mintmark or the presence of a die number indicates a London ...

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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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