Proof 1928 Penny, Melbourne Mint

Proof 1928 Penny, Melbourne Mint
Proof 1928 Penny, Melbourne Mint
FDC with much original copper brilliance.
Spink Auctions 1981, Richard Williams Collection
By the end of 1928, the population of the city of Melbourne was approaching one million. And the coining presses at the Melbourne Mint in William Street were working overtime as the mint sought to fulfil its order for Treasury of more than three million copper pennies. To time-capsule the mint’s coining achievements for future generations, a handful of 1928 pennies were struck to proof quality. This Proof 1928 Penny is one of the finest of the original mintage and is one of six known.
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Today’s proof coin collectors are so 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.

  • Proofs were struck to be held in archives. Their purpose to record the mint’s circulating coin achievements.
  • Proofs were also struck to send to museums or public institutions, such as the Royal Mint London and British Museum.
  • There were times when proofs were struck to put on display at public exhibitions. So, whilst denying collectors the opportunity of ever owning them, they could at the very least get to look at them.

Whatever the end destination of the Melbourne Mint proofs - archives, institutions or public exhibitions - the situation demanded the highest quality minting skills.

It necessitated a ‘kid-gloves’ approach and was labour intensive, hence the limited number of proofs struck.

  • The copper blanks were hand-picked and highly polished to produce a coin with a mirror shine and ice-smooth fields.
  • The dies were hardened and wire-brushed to ensure the design was sharp.
  • The dies were struck twice onto the blanks to create a well-defined, three-dimensional design.
  • The rims encircling the coins were high, creating a picture frame effect, encasing the coin.
  • The pristine nature of the striking is particularly evident in the denticles. They are crisp and uniformly spaced around the circumference of the coin.

This Proof 1928 Penny is an exceptional quality proof, sharply struck with much original copper brilliance.

This is a rare opportunity to acquire an important piece of Australia’s minting history, the former property of renowned Commonwealth coin collector, Richard Williams.



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