This exhibition is the most important and valuable display of Australia’s first minted coins ever staged. The venue is the Royal Australian Mint Canberra, the event organised in partnership with Melbourne rare coin company, Coinworks.
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.
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.
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 'King' of Australian coin rarities is 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 coin.
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. April 2019.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.