1930 Penny with a full central diamond and six plump pearls

1930 Penny with a full central diamond and six plump pearls
1930 Penny with a full central diamond and six plump pearls
Sold 27/4/2023
Very Fine on both obverse and reverse
Private Collection
A 1930 Penny with consistent chestnut toning and highly reflective fields, well defined inner beading, strong upper and lower scrolls and solid edges. These are the hallmarks of a great 1930 Penny. This coin is defined by a superb reverse. And an equally superb obverse. Under the eye-glass the coin continues to shine for the central diamond is complete and solid. The oval to the left of the diamond is virtually complete. There are six very plump pearls. Now, it is a fact that the most frequently sighted 1930 Penny is a well circulated Fine. This coin, at Very Fine, is four grades higher. A 1930 Penny at this quality level would be offered on the market, perhaps once or twice annually. This frequency is minuscule when you consider the popularity of the 1930 Penny and the thirst to acquire a high quality example.
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An impressive 1930 Penny with strong definition in the upper and lower scrolls and the inner beading. Note the strong '1930' date. This is a coin that you will be proud to show family & friends.


The obverse shows four sides of the central diamond and six plump pearls. The fields are highly reflective. The oval to the left of the central diamond is virtually intact.

Examining a 1930 Penny is a three-point process.

Step 1 is to look at the coin in the flesh using just the naked eye.

A truly great coin will always look good to the unaided eye. And this coin is a beauty!

The coin has definition in the upper and lower scrolls. The reverse fields are highly reflective with even, handsome chocolate brown toning. The inner beading is intact, the legend 'COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA' and date '1930' are powerful.

Moving the obverse through the light you see the complete lower band of the crown. You also observe the strong design details of the monarch's robes and the minimal wear to the king's eyebrow and moustache. We also comment on the highly reflective obverse fields and the handsome chocolate brown toning.

Step 2 is to take up a magnifying glass and examine the coin in detail.

The eye glass re-confirms what we have seen to the naked eye ... and much, much more.

This coin has four sides of the central diamond, the diamond almost 'pops' out of the coin. And six very plump pearls. The oval to the left of the central diamond is almost intact.

Step 3 is to re-visit the coin with the naked eye just to make sure that you have taken everything in.

The final assessment of this 1930 Penny confirms that it is a great coin and passes our three-point assessment with flying colours.

Four reasons why collectors love the 1930 Penny. 

Reason 1. One of the prime reasons for the popularity of the 1930 Penny is its financial reliability. It is a solid coin. And in times such as we have experienced in 2020 and even now in 2021 this genuinely counts.

Reason 2. In fact, we would go one step further and say that over the long term the 1930 Penny has probably been one of our most consistent and trustworthy numismatic performers.

Reason 3. Another reason for its popularity is that the coin is as Australian as you can get. Struck during the Great Depression, the 1930 Penny is the nation’s glamour coin and is unrivalled for popularity, enjoying a constant stream of demand unmatched by any other numismatic rarity.

Reason 4. The coin is an industry phenomenon, for in a market that is quality focused it is interesting to note that the 1930 Penny is keenly sought irrespective of its quality ranking. And growth over the mid to long term has been significant across all quality levels.

Well circulated (Fine) 1930 Pennies were selling for £50 in the 1950s. A decade later, by decimal changeover, the coins were fetching £255 ($510). By 1988, Australia's Bicentenary, a Fine 1930 Penny had reached $6000. The turn of the century saw 1930 Penny prices move to a minimum of $13,000. Twenty years later prices have more than doubled.

And with a 100th anniversary less than a decade away, the push to acquire Australia’s favourite Penny is really on.


Historical papers accompany this coin. A receipt indicating the coin was bought in 1982 for $4000 and a Royal Australian Mint Certificate of Authenticity.


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