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The Holey Dollar re-created on canvas by artist Sarah Braybrook. An artistic challenge that involved 15 layers of oil and 120 hours of toil from start to finish.
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The Hannibal Head Holey Dollar is a numismatic superstar. One of the rarest types, representing the reign of Joseph Bonaparte, only two examples are available to private collectors.
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Ann Mash. Convict. Merchant. Ferry Owner. Publican. Entrepreneur. Wife. Mother. The Mash Promissory Notes provide a window into a life full of achievements.
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This exhibition is the most important and valuable display of Australia’s first minted coins ever staged.The venue was the Royal Australian Mint Canberra, the event organised in partnership with Coinworks.
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Numismatic Royalty - Australia's George V Proof Pennies and Halfpennies struck at the Melbourne Mint. Australians just love their copper coins!
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The 1852 Adelaide Pound, the nation’s first gold coin struck at South Australia's Government Assay Office.
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The flying kangaroo is our national symbol and it has never looked so good as it does on the Proof Coins from the Perth Mint (1940 to 1954).
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The most valuable Australian penny is the Proof 1930 Penny, the most recent sale occurring in March 2019 for $1.15 million.
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Australia entered a modern age post World War I and for many Australians, it was a time for breaking out, of changing old values and enjoying the good life. And experiencing a new kookaburra square coinage!
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The 1927 Canberra Florin is one of Australia's most recognised pre-decimal coins and a treasured keepsake. Two million coins were issed and circulated. Four hundred were struck to proof quality.
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The 1813 Holey Dollar is the nation's first coin and was created from a Spanish Silver Dollar under the direction of Governor Lachlan Macquarie. Coinworks presents a 'How-To' Guide for Buying Holey Dollars.
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Irrespective of the year in which they were struck, and the mint at which they were produced, Australia's proof sovereigns and proof half sovereigns are 'extremely rare'. This article quantifies the term 'extremely rare'.
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Your guide to building an Australian Rare Coin Collection. Belinda Downie, MD of Coinworks, offers a snapshot of Australia's most popular and sought after coin rarities.
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The 1930 Penny is the FIRST choice for most buyers looking to make a rare coin purchase. Struck during the Great Depression, it is a collector favourite.
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We admit it. We just love 'Ferdinand VII' Holey Dollars. They are as rare as they are intriguing.
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Crème de la crème - Australia's George V Silver Proof Coinage (1916 - 1936). Superb quality proof coins are stunning. Is it numismatics? Or is it art? Or have numismatics and art melded together.
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The Government Assay Office Gold Ingots are definitively the point at which gold coin history began in Australia. They are the very first gold pieces struck for currency purposes in the colonies of Australia and were minted in 1852 from gold dug from the Victorian gold fields.
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Coinworks Managing Director, Belinda Downie, talks Holey Dollars with James Kirby, Wealth Editor of The Australian newspaper.
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Managing Director, Belinda Downie, joins David Curnow on ABC Radio Brisbane and talks about when Australia first went decimal.
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Andrew Fisher served three terms as Prime Minister between 1908 and 1915. We revisit the legacy of the man regarded as Australia's greatest 'nation building' leader.
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Proof Coins struck at the Melbourne Mint & Perth Mint between 1955 and 1963. Australia's very first commercial proof coining programme.
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The ‘Hannibal Head’ Holey Dollar is legendary. Discovered in Tasmania in 1881, in what was believed to be a bushranger’s hoard, the coin was subsequently presented to the Governor of Van Diemen’s Land, Sir John Henry Lefroy. The ‘Hannibal Head’ Holey Dollar was sold by Coinworks in July 2018 for $500,000.
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Belinda Downie joins Ben Davis in studio at Brisbane 4BC. The topic? That a twenty dollar note, issued in 1824, is today worth half a million dollars.
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Over the last thirty years two great Australian coin rarities have taken on a legendary, almost mythical standing. They have been the subject of much intrigue and animated discussion.
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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)
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The unique 1824 Bank of New South Wales Twenty Spanish Dollars generates a media frenzy.
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Holey Moley! Coinworks realised $1.6 million in sales of Holey Dollars between October 2019 and January 2020. The mammoth tally involves seven coins. 
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With a provenance that dates back to 1892, the famous Montagu '1788' Holey Dollar has just sold, acquired by a Queensland collector for $450,000.
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In 2019 we noted that there is a serious shortage of top material out in the market place. We attended a major Sydney auction in the first week of April and asked ourselves where were the Holey Dollars? The Cracked Dies? And the Square Pennies for that matter.
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Last financial year was a bumper year for Coinworks with sales 50 per cent up on the previous. Five months into the new financial year, 2018/2019, and we are now on target for a further boost in sales revenue.
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March was a mammoth month. Sales were particularly strong and when we analysed buyer motivation, the word ‘history’ cropped up every time. And in some cases, was prioritised ahead of quality.
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While our clients had one eye on Santa over the Xmas break, the other eye appears to have been firmly placed on the Coinworks web site. We recorded strong sales of 1930 Pennies and Adelaide Pounds over the holidays. And our waiting list for Holey Dollars expanded.
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It's been our strongest November on record and the month is still not yet over. And when we use the term 'strong' we are not just referring to our sales tally. It is noted that buyers have this month reacted very quickly, and decisively, to secure an item of particular interest.
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Top quality 1813 Dumps are incredibly scarce and that is a fact that is well supported by research. We have charted the various grades and the numbers known at each quality level and you will be amazed at how few examples are available to buyers at the top end.
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Buy. Hold. Sell. Given their rarity, and their current price levels, there is a definite ‘buy’ on Australia’s proof gold sovereigns and half sovereigns.
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1788 – 1813. From penal colony to commercial hub. A nation emerges with its own coinage, the 1813 Holey Dollar and Dump.
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Radio personality, Ed Phillips, talks to MD of Coinworks, Belinda Downie, and explores the notion that decimalisation in 1966 gave Australia the opportunity to "go its own way".
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Buyer interest and buyer demand for Australian numismatic collectibles is genuinely strong. This statement is based on Coinworks sales for September and October. And the public's attendance at Sydney's major numismatic show, the October Money Expo.
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Coinworks will exhibit more than 2 million dollars of colonial treasures at the Brisbane Money Expo, May 13 & 14 at the Royal International Convention Centre, Bowen Hills.
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Top quality Australian tokens are extremely rare and historically, they have commanded similar, if not higher, prices to their rare coin counterparts.
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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.
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Coinworks display of the unique 1899 Perth Mint Proof Half Sovereign was picked up by Channel 7's Today Tonight.
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ANDA President, Belinda Downie, chats with radio 6PR’s Chris Isley about the 2017 Perth Money Expo.
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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.
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The Hannibal Head Holey Dollar attracted the attention of Channel Ten Eyewitness News.
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Australia's classic coin rarity, the 1930 Penny was the talking point on Channel 10's Studio 10.
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Prince Edward Island. Situated in the Gulf of St. Lawrence the Island was a former colony of France and then Britain. It became the seventh province of Canada in 1873.
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Coinworks Managing Director, Belinda Downie, talks with Ed Phillips at Omny FM about the logistics of Australia going decimal, in a 'Flashback' to 1966.
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In Sydney. The nation’s million dollar banknote.
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Australia’s Classic Rarities. Rare coins that have timeless appeal.
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A Message from ANDA President Belinda Downie.
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While the media is painting a somewhat gloomy picture about a subdued Australian retail sales market. Coinworks is reporting the opposite. For the five months, July to November, of this financial year, Coinworks sales are up 15 per cent over the previous. 
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Cashing in the coins - live on Studio 10.
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Provenance counts when buying collectables.
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The Holey Dollars of the late Philip Spalding.
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Circa 1854 - Port Phillip Kangaroo Office.
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The 1813 Colonial Dump - a supreme rarity.
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The Madrid Holey Dollar - world record price.
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2GB Radio broadcaster, Alan Jones talks to Coinworks Managing Director, Belinda Downie, about the sale of the Madrid Holey Dollar. Unique in private hands and one of the finest of the 300 known specimens, the coin is tipped to set a new world record price.
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The 1813 Dump is the nation's first coin and the partner to the 1813 Holey Dollar. Find out more about this classic Australian rarity.
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What drives the Coinworks business?
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Mystery of the 1927 Canberra Florin.
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Historical Collection from the late Philip Spalding.
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2GB Radio broadcaster, Alan Jones talks to Coinworks Managing Director, Belinda Downie, about the sale of two of Australia’s very first Commonwealth banknotes, numbered 4 and 5; the property of Prime Minister Andrew Fisher.
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1855 Sydney Mint Sovereign Australia’s first sovereign.
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Australian Commonwealth Coins 1910 - 1964.
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The 1937 Pattern Coins of Edward VIII.
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Numismatic Influencers • Coins from the Melbourne Mint that made History (1916 to 1953).
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The 1855 Sydney Mint Sovereign struck 23 June 1855. Australia's first sovereign and the first coin of the realm minted at an overseas branch of the Royal Mint London.
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The journey to an official gold coinage, the 1855 Sydney Mint Sovereign and 1855 Sydney Mint Half Sovereign.
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KEEP FOR TEXT AND PHOTOS COPY The 1855 Sydney Mint Sovereign struck 23 June 1855. Australia's first sovereign and the first coin of the realm minted at an overseas branch of the Royal Mint London.
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Rare and Affordable. The collector proof coins from 1955 to 1963.
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Spectacular Proofs 1955 to 1963.
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Valuable hole in your pocket.
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Australian 1920 Sovereign - New Record Price.
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Coinworks has just sold the Proof 1930 Penny to a Sydney collector. The price of $1.15 million makes it an Australian record for any coin. And a world record price for a Penny.
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BD The 1852 Adelaide Pound is the nation’s first gold coin, struck at the Government Assay Office, Adelaide.
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Coinworks Services - Coinworks offers rare coins you won't find elsewhere. We offer an unparalleled service, our aim to provide every client with the best possible buying experience.
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The discovery of gold in 1851 is one of the most extraordinary chapters in Australian history, transforming the economy and society and marking the beginnings of a modern multi-cultural Australia. It also led to the creation of the nation’s first gold coin, the 1852 Adelaide Pound.
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