So what makes this coin so special? And why don’t we see more of them popping up?
This Proof 1917 Sixpence is an archival record piece. Never intended to be used, or sold to collectors, its purpose was to record the mint’s coining achievements in 1917 by the creation of one stunning showpiece coin: a magnificent model piece.
The coin was also used to showcase the mint’s coining skills by being on show at Exhibitions or sent to other mint’s that came under the Royal Mint umbrella.
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.