When you look at the availability of coins that make up a 1924 Proof Set, the Shilling is the absolute stand out piece. And the coin to own. While a minimum of FOUR proof examples are known of each of the florin, sixpence and threepence and the same again for the penny and halfpenny, there are only TWO known 1924 Proof Shillings. That’s the very reason why we say this is a great coin to tuck away for the future.
You just know that one day; a buyer will need this coin (your coin) to complete a 1924 Proof Set.
The 1924 Proof Shilling is an outstanding piece of Australian currency heritage: an archival proof record piece, struck by authority of the mint-master as a representative example of the millions of shillings struck for circulation in 1924.
As a general statement, archival proof coins reflect a quest for perfection in coining.
Archival proof record pieces were not struck to be sold to collectors as part of any profit-making exercise but were placed in Government archives to preserve our coining history for future generations. On some occasions the coins were displayed at exhibitions to showcase the mint’s coining expertise. Only a handful of coins were ever struck and the infrequent sightings of the 1924 Proof Shilling is typical of the scarcity of the Silver Proof Record pieces in today’s market.
The value of a proof coin is as much to do with the technique of the original striking as it is with its current state of preservation.
A coin can be brilliantly struck and have been so poorly mishandled in the intervening years that its market value is decimated. Then again a coin can be weakly struck and brilliantly preserved, a combination that will once again impact negatively on its value.
Or you can have the combination offered here in this 1924 Proof Shilling of brilliantly struck and brilliantly preserved maximising the value of the piece.
A leader in its field, this 1924 Proof Shilling has a highly detailed striking with a high wire rim and has been meticulously preserved, presented today with stunning pink/grey toning.