Today’s proof coin collectors are very well catered for. Both the Royal Australian Mint and the Perth Mint strike proofs on a regular basis. And the mintages are keenly set to satisfy collector demand to ensure very few miss out.
In the twentieth century, Australian collectors were not afforded the same luxury.
The harsh reality for collectors was that, with very few exceptions, proofs minted in the George V era were NOT struck for the collector market.
Whatever the end destination of the Melbourne Mint proofs - archives, institutions or public exhibitions - the situation demanded the highest quality minting skills.
We refer to them collectively as Coins of Record.
The striking of a Coin of Record was a slow process, labour intensive and a demand on mint resources, hence the limited number of proofs struck.
This Proof 1926 Halfpenny is a high quality piece and has retained original copper brilliance.
This is a rare opportunity to acquire an important piece of Australia’s minting history.