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.
- The fleur de lis on the left hand side and the right hand side of the crown have definition and have not melded into the coin.
- So too the pearls to the left and right of the Crown.
- William Henshall etched his name into numismatic history forever when he incorporated an ‘H’ for Henshall into the reverse die used to mint the Dump. It is not always present. The ‘H’ on this coin is evident.
- Notice the oblique milling around the edge. The milling was used to prevent opportunists from 'filing' down the coin (thereby reducing its silver content). Yet another highly valued attribute of this Dump.
This A/1 1813 Dump is a highly collectable example of Australia’s first coin.
Furthermore it is well priced.