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1951-PL Proof Half Penny

? The Kangaroo design continued into this type but after the independence of India in late 1947, IND IMP needed to be omitted from the obverse legend, however, it was not until 1949 that this was done. The obverse still features an uncrowned bust of King George VI facing to the left but the legend changed to GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX FIDEI DEF. and was used up until the end of George VI's reign in 1952. The series is relatively easy to complete but the 1951 plain and 1952-A are ...

1939 Florin

? The 1939 Florin is the key date of the George VI Florin series coming from a relatively low mintage of 630,000 coins. While the year is often well struck up, the obverse surfaces are prone to hairlines and scuffs which make mint-state coins rare, and higher mint state graded coins near impossible to source. In circulated grades, they are reasonably easy to obtain in all grades up to the mid-AU level although they already start to command strong premiums at the XF-AU levels. Collectors ...

1980 Proof Yuan

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1883-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 ...

2004-B One Dollar

? This 2004 Eureka Stockade piece was issued to commemorate 150 years since the Eureka Stockade in the Victorian Goldfields. The reverse was designed by Wojciech Pietranik and features an impression of Victorian Government troops storming the miners blockade with the Eureka flag flown proudly overhead. The legend states

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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.

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.

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

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.

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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