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2009 Proof Twenty Five Dollar

This Kangaroo at Sunset coin was struck in solid gold and the reverse was designed by Wojciech Pietranik, who has worked regularly for the Royal Australian Mint and The Perth Mint. It shows a Kangaroo with a larger than life reflection below making its way across a plain with a setting sun. There is no legend on the reverse. The obverse of the coin features the traditional Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, right-facing and crowned with the legend ...

1861 Half Sovereign

In the lower grades the 1861, despite having the second lowest mintage figure in the series, after the 1860 it is probably the second or third most common Wreathed Bust Sydney Mint. In top grades, the 1861 is a relatively underrated date and is one of the scarcest dates in the series with only one mint state example appearing on the market in the last decade and none certified by PCGS thus far . The date is extremely elusive in the high AU grades with probably fewer ...

1934 Florin

The George V florin series, lasting throughout George V's reign from 1911 to 1936, features the Australian coat of arms with ADVANCE AUSTRALIA across the scroll, FLORIN up the top of the reverse , 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 ...

1925 Penny

The 1925 penny is a key date of the penny series, after Australia's glamour coin, the 1930 penny. A total of 117,600 pennies were struck at the Melbourne mint that year, along with 832,000 pennies at the Sydney mint indicating a total mintage of 949,600 coins. The soon to close Sydney Mint however, struck pennies that year using 1924 dies and consequently only 117,600 pennies were struck with the date of 1925 making it the 2nd scarcest business strike penny . ...

1857 Plain Edge Proof Half Sovereign

Struck with a plain edge and at the Royal mint London, the 1857 frosted proof half sovereign was struck as the first formal proof of record strike of the series. Struck as a pair with the 1857 sovereign, it was issued as a representative piece for museums and archival purposes. References Reserve Bank of Australia . The Auction of the Gold Coins of the Reserve Bank of Australia: pp VI-VII. Melbourne Museum . Sydney Mint. Available at: ...

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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

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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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