- an investment in history - rare lima mint holey dollar -
- brilliant rare date 1864 half sovereign -
- spectacular and rare proof 1927 shilling -
- a pocket of the market worth exploring -
- invest in australian rare coins -
- an investment in history -
- ultra rare 1855 sydney mint cameo proofs -
- brilliant rare date 1886 sovereign. now sold -
- a great australian story -

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Buying & Selling


Shop for Australia’s rarest coins and banknotes with guaranteed authenticity and quality. Coinworks provides a secure delivery service, free of charge. And the option of secure storage.


Coinworks Catalogues are highly sought after and offer a wealth of information, including stunning full-colour photographs. Hard copies are available on request.


Our services for Self Managed Superannuation Funds include secure storage, insurance and annual valuations and are  compliant with Australian Tax Office regulations. 


Coinworks sales results tell the story. Our commission rates are amongst the lowest in the industry. And our marketing supremely effective.

News & Views

Numismatic Royalty - Australia's George V Proof Pennies and Halfpennies struck at the Melbourne Mint .
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Crème de la crème - Australia's George V Silver Proof Coinage.
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Coinworks has enjoyed extraordinary sales in March and April 2022.
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We admit it. We just love 'Ferdinand VII' Holey Dollars. They are as rare as they are intriguing.
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Proof Coins struck at the Melbourne Mint & Perth Mint between 1955 and 1963. Australia's very first commercial proof coining programme.
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'Coins of Record'. Australian Proof Coins struck with minuscule mintages at the Sydney, Melbourne, and Perth Mint. 
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Perth Mint Proof Pennies and Proof Halfpennies 1940 and 1954.
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The most valuable Australian penny is the Proof 1930 Penny, the most recent sale occurring in March 2019 for $1.15 million. The coin was especially struck as a Presentation Piece at the Melbourne Mint during the Great Depression.
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This exhibition is the most important and valuable display of Australia’s first minted coins ever staged. The venue is the Royal Australian Mint Canberra, the event organised in partnership with Melbourne rare coin company, Coinworks.
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There is no greater representation of the Perth Mint than the 1899 Perth Mint Proof Half Sovereign. Luxurious gold. Struck in the mint's year of opening. And the prestige of being unique.
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Coinworks Managing Director, Belinda Downie, talks Holey Dollars with James Kirby, Wealth Editor of The Australian newspaper.
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The ‘Hannibal Head’ Holey Dollar is legendary. Discovered in Tasmania in 1881, in what was believed to be a bushranger’s hoard, the coin was subsequently presented to the Governor of Van Diemen’s Land, Sir John Henry Lefroy. The ‘Hannibal Head’ Holey Dollar was sold by Coinworks in July 2018 for $500,000.
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Belinda Downie joins Ben Davis in studio at Brisbane 4BC. The topic? That a twenty dollar note, issued in 1824, is today worth half a million dollars.
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Over the last thirty years two great Australian coin rarities have taken on a legendary, almost mythical standing. They have been the subject of much intrigue and animated discussion.
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Managing Director, Belinda Downie, joins David Curnow on ABC Radio Brisbane and talks about when Australia first went decimal.
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The Government Assay Office Gold Ingots are definitively the point at which gold coin history began in Australia. They are the very first gold pieces struck for currency purposes in the colonies of Australia and were minted in 1852 from gold dug from the Victorian gold fields.
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Gold! Gold! Gold! Bright and yellow, hard and cold. Molten, graven, hammered and rolled. Heavy to get and light to hold. Hoarded, bartered, bought and sold. Stolen, borrowed, squandered and doled. Spurned by the young but hugged by the old. Thomas Hood (1799 – 1845)
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The unique 1824 Bank of New South Wales Twenty Spanish Dollars generates a media frenzy.
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OCTOBER 2019. Holey Moley! Coinworks has realised $1.6 million in sales of Holey Dollars since October 2019. The mammoth tally involves seven coins. 
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The 'King' of Australian coin rarities is laid bare. Coinworks continues its style of educating collectors with our latest article on the legendary 1930 Penny. We highlight the technical features that define Australia's favourite copper coin.
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Coinworks, Australia's leading rare coin dealer

Coinworks is the place to go when you want to sell or buy rare coins. As the leading rare Australian coin dealer, Coinworks has a range of rare coins you simply won’t find elsewhere.

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While other dealers can read books about top Australian rare coins, we have actually handled them.

The Coinworks brand has been established by knowing where the rarest Australian coins are held. The Coinworks brand is also about quality: quality at all dollar levels. And all Coinworks rare coins are backed by a guarantee of authenticity. And guarantee of clear title.

The guarantee of authenticity and the work we put into establishing provenance has earned us the trust of the community. This has been a factor in positioning us as the leading rare coin dealer in Australia.

A treasure trove for serious coin collectors

We often talk about the ‘opportunity’ to buy rare Australian coins. And the word opportunity is used here quite deliberately because rare coins are not popping up every day. Or every week.

Many of the pieces that Coinworks sell are unique, or may be known by only two or three examples so they may come to market only once in a decade. It also is an established fact that great coins tend to be held long term in collections and are not readily available.

Coinworks pays considerable attention to the quality of the rare coins we sell and we encourage buyers to do similarly. Once quality is invoked into a selection process, a buyer may have to wait a considerable length of time to acquire that special piece.

That’s what defines us from other collectable Australian coin dealers. The ability to access the very finest and the rarest.

Also an Excellent Place to Sell

Assessing an Australian rare coin’s value is much more than just opening a catalogue. It requires experience and knowledge not only of the product but of the workings of the market.

It’s about knowing the piece and its rarity. It is also about knowing the demand.

So if you are considering selling your rare Australian coins, we will give you a fair appraisal of your rare Australian coin’s value.  

The knowledgeable experts at Coinworks are always keen to buy rare coins from those wishing to sell.

Subject to stock levels we may decide to make an outright purchase of your rare Australian coins. A seller also has the option of placing with Coinworks on sale by consignment. This gives sellers access to the powerful resources and market reach of Coinworks to help them connect easily with serious buyers. While the process may be a little slower it can potentially provide a higher margin.

Our recent sales, as shown on our web site, speaks volumes of our sales record.

Other Services Provided by Coinworks

In addition to buying and selling rare coins, we also provide coin storage (on those rare coins acquired from Coinworks) at our secure safety deposit facilities. All coins stored by us are fully insured through Lloyds of London.

We also provide valuations and appraisal of coins so you can assess the performance of your investment of Australian rare coins.

If you are an already established rare coin collector and have an interest that is not represented on our web site, then please talk to us. Not every piece that we acquire is featured on our web site but are offered directly to clients who have provided us with their ‘wish list’.

Browse currently available rare Australian coins online and please contact us on +61 3 9642 3133 or enquire online.

Coinworks specialise in collectable and rare Australian coins. We have a great range of old Australian coins online as well as a collection of pre decimal Australian coins.

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