We have done all the hard work for you in assembling this complete collection of Melbourne Mint Proof coins struck between 1955 and 1963. Forty coins in total and each piece has been struck to superb proof quality.
Treasury gave official approval for the Melbourne Mint to commence striking proof sets for collectors on a commercial basis in 1955. Government intervened in just one aspect of the program - only those coins being struck for circulation were to be issued as proofs.
The coins were released annually with an official issue price of face value plus a premium of one shilling per coin … mintages averaged around the 1,500 mark. The series came to a conclusion in 1963, just prior to decimal currency changeover.
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.
It is a fact that the series of proofs struck between 1955 and 1963 is one of the most popular areas of the market for pre-decimal coin buyers. The coins have an excellent track record for appreciation and the price at which they are sold attracts maximum buyer interest.
They are a perfect entry point into the Australian rare coin market, taken up by many of our clients for children and grandchildren.