Complete Australian Penny Collection, including the extremely rare and iconic 1930 Penny

Complete Australian Penny Collection, including the extremely rare and iconic 1930 Penny
Complete Australian Penny Collection, including the extremely rare and iconic 1930 Penny
Christmas offer of $30,000 (Normal RRP $35,000)
Sold January 2022
1930 Penny About Very Fine
Private Collection Melbourne
The 1930 Penny that is in this collection is a star in its own right. The coin is very impressive and is graded About Very Fine with at least two sides of the central diamond showing and six plump pearls. The edges are complete. And the legend and the date ‘1930’ are all prominent. Moreover, the toning is a consistent and handsome chestnut brown. Take up a magnifying glass and you notice that the fields on both obverse and reverse show minimal signs of circulation. 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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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 fields are highly reflective and very smooth with even, handsome chocolate brown toning. 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 two sides of the central diamond showing and six plump pearls, re-affirming the grading level of About Very Fine

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.

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This offer is comprised of a complete collection of Australian pennies 1911 to 1964 housed in a Dansco Coin Album (78 coins).  


An impressive 1930 Penny with nice edges, strong legend and strong '1930' date.


The obverse shows two sides of the central diamond and six plump pearls. The coin has minimal marks in the field.


A complete Australian Penny Collection. 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.


PO Box 1060 Hawksburn Victoria Australia 3142

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