Leading numismatist, Barrie Winsor, was ‘blown away’ when John Jay Pitman passed him the 1852 Adelaide Ingot Type I at a US Coin Show in the mid-1980s. Formerly owned by King Farouk of Egypt, the ingot is now offered for private sale.
The 1899 Perth Mint Proof Half Sovereign, an original cased 1916 Presentation Set, the Holey Dollar, the Square Penny, the Half Sovereign and the 1930 Penny: coins that featured strongly amongst Coinworks sales in July, August and the first week of September.
The 1852 Adelaide Ingots, struck at the Government Assay Office In Adelaide, are world famous and will be on display at the upcoming Melbourne Money Expo. Two ingots will be on show and each is valued at $1.35 million. Both ingots are unique and are the only known examples privately held.
The 'King' of Australian coin rarities laid bare. Coinworks continues its style of educating collectors with our latest article on the legendary 1930 Penny. We highlight the technical features that define Australia's favourite copper rarity.
Guidelines for Rare Currency Investment. Five simple points. Quality is critical. Rarity is a consideration. Choose mainstream collecting areas. Never forget the impact of a provenance. And the fifth point? The price.
Gold! Gold! Gold! Bright and yellow, hard and cold. Molten, graven, hammered and rolled. Heavy to get and light to hold. Hoarded, bartered, bought and sold. Stolen, borrowed, squandered and doled. Spurned by the young but hugged by the old. Thomas Hood (1799 – 1845)
The Proof 1930 Penny is the ‘King' of Australian coin rarities. Three examples are privately held, the most recent sale occurring in 2011 when the famous 'Hagley', 'Paxman' Proof 1930 Penny sold for $1.05 million.