There is a dearth 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.
The rumblings of a Republican movement were heard in Australia in 1919. The Federal Labor Government planned to discard the traditional British round penny and halfpenny designs replacing them with square coins featuring Australia's native bird, the kookaburra.
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.
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.
We admit it. We just love Ferdinand VII Holey Dollars. Not only are they inordinately rare, there is an intrigue and controversy associated with the coins that makes for simply fabulous reading. It’s politics 101. Played out in the nineteenth century.
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 is now available for private sale.
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.
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.
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.
This Holey Dollar was originally owned by William Long who arrived in New South Wales as a convict in 1815. The coin has been held by his descendants for nearly two centuries and has traversed the globe moving between continents as it passed within the family. Long's prized Holey Dollar is now back home and is available for private sale.
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 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 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.