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2004 Proof One Dollar

? To celebrate 20 years since the release of the one dollar coin the Royal Australian Mint has released a six coin set as part of the Masterpieces in Silver collection. The unique collection features reissues of original test pieces, unreleased designs, and other pieces relevant to the development of the one dollar coin. The Imperial Lion test piece was originally minted as an extremely limited test piece. The unique lion design is struck on a seven sided planchet. This interesting heptagonal ...

1935 Ten Cent

? This Hong Kong ten cent obverse features the Sir Edgar Bertram MacKennal effigy of King George V along with the legend GEORGE V KING AND EMPEROR OF INDIA. The reverse has the legend HONG KONG TEN CENTS with an inner circle containing Chinese characters depicting the date, denomination and country of origin. The official currency of Hong Kong was the British Pound although it was not well received by the population as the traders were used to the Chinese system of using the weight of silver ...

1890 High Shield No JEB Half Sovereign

?Image from: Heritage Auctions . Victoria gold Half Sovereign 1890. '2013 January 6-7 Ancient & World Coin Signature Auction - New York #3021'. Retrieved from https://coins.ha.com/itm/great-britain/great-britain-victoria-gold-half-sovereign-1890-/a/3021-21037.s?hdnJumpToLot=1&x=0&y=0

1910 One Shilling

? The 1910 Shilling was the first year in the Shilling series and the only issue featuring the effigy of King Edward VII. The Royal Mint in London was tasked with producing 2,536,069 coins of this type. This was a reasonably large mintage for the series and as a result, the type is reasonably affordable into mint-state. It is also possible that this availability is contributed to as a large number of pieces were hoarded due to the novelty of the type. In mint-state, the piece often ...

2014 Fifty Cent

? This 2014 Boer War piece is part of the Australia at War collection. The reverse features a mounted Australian serviceman surrounded by olive leaves and atop the ribbon bar of the Queen's South Africa Medal and the King's South Africa Medal. The reverse legend states

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Recent Articles

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.
26-Aug-2021

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.
22-Feb-2020

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.
25-Jan-2020

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.
22-Nov-2019

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.
1-Nov-2019

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.
5-Oct-2019

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.
28-Sep-2019

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.
10-Sep-2019

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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