Complete Australian Penny Collection, including a high quality 1930 Penny.

Complete Australian Penny Collection, including a high quality 1930 Penny.
Complete Australian Penny Collection, including a high quality 1930 Penny.
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1930 Penny - Very Fine with a complete central diamond and six plump pearls
Private Collection Melbourne
The 1930 Penny included in this collection is a star. It is simply a great 1930 Penny. The obverse is graded Very Fine and the reverse the same at Very Fine. The edges are complete and the important design details such as the upper and lower scrolls, the inner beading that circles the value of ‘ONE PENNY’, the legend and the date ‘1930’ are all prominent. And the toning is a handsome chocolate brown. Under the eye glass, the coin continues to shine showing four sides of the central diamond and six plump pearls. We note the oval to the left of the band is virtually intact, the coin justifiably awarded its Very Fine obverse grading. The reverse is graded also at Very Fine. And while the quality of this 1930 Penny should be enough to gain buyer attention, its inclusion in a complete collection of Australian pennies (1911 to 1964) makes this offer irresistible buying. Technical shots are provided below.
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Strong date, crisp upper and lower scrolls, uniform inner beading and handsome chocolate brown toning. A 1930 Penny that is impressive and that you would be proud to show your family and friends.


Four sides of the central diamond and six pearls is just the start. The lower band of the crown is complete and there is minimal wear to the eyebrow and moustache. Highly reflective fields and handsome chocolate brown toning.

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 reverse has strong definition in the upper and lower scrolls. The fields are highly reflective with even, handsome chocolate brown toning. And minimal marks in the fields. Solid edges.

The inner beading is crisp and intact, the legend 'COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA' and date '1930' are powerful.

Moving the obverse through the light you 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, the handsome chocolate brown toning and the solid edges.

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 and six pearls. The oval to the left of the central diamond is virtually 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.

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A complete Australian Penny Collection 1911 to 1964 housed in a Hendo Album. The holding is comprised of 78 coins, including the extremely rare 1930 Penny and the scarce 1925 and 1946 Pennies. Varieties also included. Quality range of the collection Fine to Uncirculated.

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. The 1930 Penny 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 just seven years away, the push to acquire Australia’s favourite Penny is really on.

If you want to acquire a 1930 Penny, buy one that stands out from the rest. And this coin certainly does that.

And it stands out not just because of its technical grading which is in the grey section of the pie chart below. But because it has miraculously escaped harsh treatment during its time in circulation. And that’s a total fluke!

1930 Penny Pie Chart September 2019


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