This 1917 Proof Sixpence was struck 100 years ago and yet looking at it, you would think it was just plucked off the proof coining press.
This coin represents a century of history. It also is a piece of national significance for 1917 was the very first year that the Melbourne Mint struck proof coinage.
Testimony to this coin's importance, an example is held in the Museum of Victoria Archives.
Sold privately in 1994 to the famed Madrid Collection of Australian Rare Coin, then to a private collector in Melbourne in 2005, this coin has changed hands only twice over the last twenty two years.
And that is a typical holding pattern for most top rarities. Coins of this ilk are quite literally once-in-a-decade opportunities.
Question ... what makes this coin so special? Answer ... the method of striking and its rarity.
Question ... why don’t we see more of these coins popping up? Answer .... again the limited numbers minted.
The production of proofs in this era necessitated a ‘kid-gloves’ approach and was labour intensive: hence the limited numbers struck.
This is a rare opportunity to acquire an important piece of Australia’s coinage history.