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1934 Half Penny

The 1934 half penny is one of the more common dates in the series but one should not underestimate how difficult the coin is to acquire in MS64 and higher. The coin typically suffers from surface hairlines which tend to preclude higher gradings and it is the only year of the 1930s that is occasionally struck up with missing detail. The cause here isn't a weak strike however, but rather from details being polished off the dies. Missing band detail on the obverse of a 1934 half ...

1945 Pattern Penny

In 1945, Australia's pennies were intended to be produced solely at the Perth mint but when the Melbourne mint prepared the dies it became clear that the 1937 master dies were worn beyond any usefulness and new dies were prepared dated 1945 . Four proof strikes were prepared by the Melbourne mint before working dies were shipped to Perth. The Melbourne mint retained all 4 coins which were later transferred to the Museum of Victoria. In July, 1988 the ...

1922 Specimen Shilling

The George V shilling series, lasting throughout George V's reign from 1911 to 1936, features the Australian coat of arms with ADVANCE AUSTRALIA across the scroll, SHILLING up the top, and the year of issue down the bottom. The obverse features the crowned bust of King George V facing to the left and the legend, GEORGIVS V D.G. BRITT : OMN : REX F. D. IND : IMP . Like most George V series, this a very popular series to collect. In lower grade, all dates can be acquired at reasonable ...

1872-M Specimen Full Sovereign

The Type II 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 I Shield sovereign by the designer's initials, WW appearing raised within the truncation beneath the bust. It differs from the Type III Shield sovereign by having a larger bust. A key identification point is illustrated below. The mint of this issue can be identified by a mintmark beneath the shield on ...

1999 Fifty Cent

The Ian-Rank Broadley portrait of her majesty Queen Elizabeth II was introduced to the fifty cent in 1999 providing a more mature face of the Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Other than this, the Type III Fifty Cent is identical to previous issues with Australia's coat of arms on the reverse around the digit 50. A number of different strike types were issued along side the standard business strike, specimen strike and proof strike. From 2001, the Royal Australian mint intermittently ...

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