Collection of Melbourne and Perth Mint Proof Coins (1955 – 1963)


Perth Copper Proofs Group Shot ONE July 2018
Collection of Melbourne and Perth Mint Proof Coins (1955 – 1963)
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Collection of Melbourne and Perth Mint Proof Coins (1955 – 1963)
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Private Collection
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The Melbourne and Perth Proofs (1955 – 1963) come high on our list of recommendations to clients. So, when Melbourne journalist Anthony Black asked Coinworks to list ten-coin rarities that were priced below $10,000 and, that we believed, were destined for growth. The Melbourne and Perth Mint proofs were at the very top of our list. The sets are visually attractive and very affordable, appealing to a wide buying audience. Each is a stand-alone rarity, so they can be acquired progressively one year at a time with no pressure on buyers to complete the series. READ MORE for further information and prices.
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While we are always preaching ‘quality’, it is paramount in this sector of the market, for while all the coins were struck to proof quality, their state of preservation today (how they have toned) is critical to preserving their value and underpinning their future capital growth. 

Government approval was given in 1955 for the Melbourne Mint and the Perth Mint to commence regular proof coining for collectors. Government intervened in just one aspect of the program - only those coins being struck for circulation were to be issued as proofs.

The Melbourne Mint was therefore authorised to strike both silver and copper proof coins for collectors. (Florin, shilling, sixpence, threepence, penny and halfpenny.) As the Perth Mint was the Government’s copper coin producer, it could only strike proof pennies and halfpennies.

The coins were released annually with an official issue price of face value plus a premium of one shilling per coin … mintages averaged around 1,500.

Each piece was minted to exacting standards – from the selection and polishing of blanks, the preparation of dies and ultimately the actual striking. The result is a coin that is pleasing to the eye, well struck with strong designs and superb smooth background fields.

1963 Perth Proof Pair rev July 2018

This collection is comprised of:

  • 1955 Melbourne Proof Set. $4950. The copper penny is simply stunning. And that’s not to overlook the silver proofs, for the shilling, sixpence and threepence are equally so.
  • 1956 Melbourne Proof Set. $4950. The quality of the penny is the key to this set and again is stunning. The four silver proofs are equally as impressive.
  • 1957 Perth Proof Penny . $3500. Solid blazing orange.
  • 1958 Perth Proof Penny. $3500. Solid blazing orange.
  • 1959 Perth Proof Penny . $3500. Solid blazing orange.
  • 1960 Perth Mint Proof Penny & Halfpenny. $4950. Supreme quality matched pair.   
  • 1961 Perth Mint Proof Penny & Halfpenny . $4950. Supreme quality matched pair.
  • 1962 Perth Mint Proof Penny & Halfpenny. $4950. Supreme quality matched pair.
  • 1963 Perth Mint Proof Penny & Halfpenny . $4950. Supreme quality matched pair.
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