Obverse of the Good Extremely Fine 1930 Penny on offer. Notice the complete crown. Take in the eye, moustache and robes and compare to the coin at right.
Obverse of a well circulated Fine 1930 Penny chosen for comparison. The differences in the crown area, eye, moustache and robes are obvious.
It must be remembered that the 1930 Penny was issued during Australia’s Great Depression and as a low value coin became the workhorse of the nation.
Released into circulation into an environment of high unemployment, poverty, low profits and plunging incomes: a situation that meant every coin had to be used. And not stored away as a collectable.
And yet somehow this coin has miraculously been taken out of circulation and preserved very early on in its life.
As the photographs show the crown is complete: a full central diamond that leaps out and knocks you in the eye. And eight plump pearls. The band of the crown is uninterrupted.
Notice the king’s eyebrow and moustache: the high points that along with the crown sustain wear during circulation. Also notice the detail in the king’s robes.
Flip the coin over and take in the strength and formation of the upper and lower scrolls and the well-defined inner beading.
The legend, Commonwealth of Australia and the date ‘1930’ are prominent, almost thre