Copper rarities struck in the 1920s and '30s


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Copper rarities struck in the 1920s and '30s
COIN
Copper rarities struck in the 1920s and '30s
QUALITY
Six coins detailed individually below
PRICE
Six coins detailed individually below
COMMENTS
Australians just love their coppers ... the Penny and the Halfpenny. They are the coins that were within financial reach of the 'man in the street'. Whereas the sovereign was the domain of the privileged few, a copper coin could be enjoyed by everyone. And in top quality or struck to glorious proof quality, the coin became a numismatic treasure. We have put together a treasure trove of six coins for you to enjoy, four stunning proof coins struck at the Melbourne Mint. And two elite coins that were struck as circulating currency, also at the Melbourne Mint. By virtue of their quality and rarity, each coin is at the pinnacle of its type.
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Commonwealth of Australia 1930 Penny, Good Extremely Fine and ranked number 3 for quality. 

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COIN
A 'Diamond & Pearl' 1930 Penny, ranked number three for quality.

QUALITY
Good Extremely Fine with a full central diamond and eight clear pearls.

PRICE
$195,000

COMMENTS
One of the very finest examples of Australia's classic copper rarity housed in a leather lined presentation case constructed from Australian Huon Pine and Blackwood, hand made by craftsman Anton Gerner.


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Brilliant Proof 1935 Penny. Also available its partner, the Proof 1935 Halfpenny, perfectly matched to the penny. (See below)

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COIN
Proof 1935 Penny struck at the Melbourne Mint

QUALITY
Brilliant FDC

PRICE
$25,000

COMMENTS
This Proof 1935 Penny is a numismatic super-star. The coin has glass-like surfaces and original copper brilliance on both reverse and obverse. Heavy striations reflect zealous preparation of the dies resulting in a superb strike. It is Melbourne Mint proof coining at its best and offers quality that is rarely ever seen.


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Brilliant Proof 1935 Halfpenny. Available individually. Or as a perfectly matched pair with the Proof 1935 Penny shown above.

COIN
Proof 1935 Halfpenny struck at the Melbourne Mint

QUALITY
A stunning FDC with full copper brilliance

PRICE
$18,500

COMMENTS
If you think the Proof 1935 Penny shown above looks good, then wait until you see this Proof 1935 Halfpenny. The coin is magnificent and the perfect partner to the Proof 1935 Penny. This coin also has glass-like surfaces and original copper brilliance on both reverse and obverse and has a superb strike. A collector will wait decades to acquire proofs of this calibre.


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The fields of this Proof 1923 Penny are as smooth and as reflective as glass. Under magnification, striations are noted on both obverse and reverse. There is underlying copper brilliance on the reverse and also on the obverse and the edges are highly polished. 

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COIN
Proof 1923 Penny struck as a Coin of Record at the Melbourne Mint

QUALITY
FDC

PRICE
$45,000

COMMENTS
This stunning Proof 1923 Penny is an acknowledged ‘great’ Australian coin rarity. It is unique. The coin appeared at auction in July 1998 selling for $9900, more than triple its pre-auction estimate. While the quality was enough to gain bidder attention, it was the rarity that drove the price for up until July 1998, a Proof 1923 Penny had never been sighted. And to this day it is the only Proof 1923 Penny known in private hands.


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A stunning example of Australia's rarest halfpenny, the 1923 Halfpenny, with highly reflective surfaces that exude beautiful colours.

COIN
A 'Diamond & Pearl' 1923 Halfpenny

QUALITY
Choice Uncirculated with a full diamond and eight crisp pearls

PRICE
$95,000

COMMENTS
This Choice Uncirculated 1923 Halfpenny was originally part of the famous "Madrid Collection of Australian Rare Coins". The design has been brilliantly executed, the surfaces are highly reflective and exude beautiful colours. And while these comments are generally reserved for 'proof' coins, this halfpenny was struck to be used in what can only be described as a coining-factory. Today, almost one hundred years later, it is in a miracle untouched state.


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Proof 1936 Penny, Melbourne Mint proof coining at its best.

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COIN
Proof 1936 Penny struck as a Coin of Record at the Melbourne Mint

QUALITY
Brilliant FDC

PRICE
$40,000

COMMENTS
This Proof 1936 Penny was struck as a Coin of Record at the Melbourne Mint. The coin has retained its copper brilliance on both reverse and obverse, the fields are like copper-glass, the edges are well polished. Whoever brushed the dies to prepare them for the strike did so with gusto, for there are strong striations on both sides of the coin indicating that the dies were carefully prepared to ensure a crisp and strongly three-dimensional design.


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