The 1813 Dump and its partner, the Holey Dollar, were the first coins struck in Australia. Not only are they very rare, but their fascinating history has made them two of the world’s most famous coins.
This Dump has the following attributes:
- The coin was struck with the Type A/1 dies and that means that the design, the crown, is classically well centred and aesthetically pleasing.
- The legend New South Wales and the date 1813 are strong and well defined.
- The reverse lettering, Fifteen Pence, also is strong and well defined.
- This particular Dump clearly shows that is was formed from the centre of a Spanish Silver Dollar. The cross bars in the shield and the tail of the lion are evident through the date 1813 and the ‘South’ of New South Wales. Dumps that show their origins are highly prized.