We are aware of two Proof 1930 Melbourne Mint Sovereigns.
This coin, sold by private treaty in the 1990s through Monetarium Sydney and now in our hands.
And one other example that appeared at auction in 1988.
But that’s as far as it goes for the year 1930. And proof sovereigns.
The Sydney Mint was not producing coins having closed in 1926 and it is on record that the Perth Mint did not strike proofs in 1930, the year of the Great Depression.
When sizing up a coin and evaluating its potential for growth, a buyer needs to consider two aspects. The rarity of the coin itself.
And the second aspect, the rarity of the sector of the market to which it belongs. The adage, "less is best" holds true in the rare coin industry for you don't want the market to be flooded with examples from the same sector.
The ideal "investment" scenario is that the coin is rare. And the sector is occupied by very few other coins.
As detailed above, this Proof 1930 Sovereign is rare.
The Proof 1930 Sovereign is from the George V era and that sector of the market is amazingly limited in numbers as the text below reveals.
The portrait of King George V first appeared on Australia’s circulating sovereigns in 1911.
Sovereign production continued uninterrupted until 1931 when Australia struck its last sovereign with both the Sydney Mint (up until 1926 when it closed), the Melbourne Mint and the Perth Mint contributing to a total coin pool of more than 110 million circulating George V sovereigns.
During that time two George V portrait designs were used, referred to as the standard head type (1911 to 1928) and the small head type (1929 to 1931).
As prolific as the three mints were for circulating coinage, it is on record that they were absolutely miserly in the production of proofs for collectors.
Proofs were only struck in six of those twenty-one years, 1911, 1914, 1920, 1929, 1930 and 1931.
And the mintage in each year was minuscule.
Aside from their extreme scarcity, proof gold coins are a delight to the eye, appealing to those who seek perfection in coining.