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80349-Header-1919-1921-Kooka-Date-Set-April-2024
COIN
A Three-Coin Set of Kookaburra Square Pennies dated 1919, 1920 and 1921
QUALITY
Choice Uncirculated
PRICE
$120,000 for the set of three coins as shown below.
COMMENTS
This set is a unique opportunity for one buyer. The set is captivating, each coin individually sensational and handpicked for quality. And yet each coin is different, in their obverse and reverse designs and their toning, which ultimately reflects the diversity of the series. The set of three coins is highly historical and tells the story of the Kookaburra Square Penny. A three-year program conducted at the Melbourne Mint that started in 1919, continued into 1920, and finished in 1921, the aim to produce a uniquely Australian coin.
STATUS
SOLD 12/4/2024

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71322-1930-Penny-Groves-Rev-July-2023
COIN
1930 Penny, with handsome toning, the obverse featuring one side of the central diamond and six pearls.
QUALITY
Good Fine / About Very Fine
PROVENANCE
Sale by Coinworks 2018 Private Collector Canberra
PRICE
$27,500
COMMENTS
This is a Classic 1930 Penny with a partial central diamond and six plump pearls. And it is priced below $30,000 which makes it the perfect entry point for buyers keen to acquire a nice 1930 Penny. Notice the inner beading in the area between the last 'A' in Australia and the '30' in the date. It is crisp and pristine which is very often NOT the case with 1930 Pennies. (Due to the strike this area can be flat.) We note the toning is even and handsome. Our summary conclusion is that this coin is impressive and you will be proud to show it off to your family and friends. This is an iconic 1930 Penny. The technical photos confirm its positive attributes.
STATUS
SOLD 13/3/2024

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1937-Model-Penny-Rev-1-October-2020
COIN
Edward VIII / George VI Royal Mint 1937 Uniface Pattern Penny
QUALITY
Uncirculated, handsomely toned and superb glossy surfaces
PROVENANCE
Spink Auctions July 1987 Lot 1891, the coin selling for $8000 on a pre-sale estimate of $6000 • Madrid Collection of Australian Rare Coins
PRICE
$85,000
COMMENTS
Throughout history, extraordinary events have impacted on a nation’s currency. Triggering ad hoc measures to supplement a medium of exchange. Affecting mintages or inspiring new designs. The events create an environment that spawns numismatic superstars, coins that are overwhelmingly rare and supremely important. This 1937 Uniface Pattern Penny is one such numismatic superstar. The extraordinary event that triggered its star status was the cancellation of the coronation of Edward VIII. The Commonwealth Government planned to launch the flying kangaroo as Australia's new penny design in 1937 to coincide with Edward's coronation. The Royal Mint London prepared the master dies and struck prototypes of the design for the Government. Eight pennies were minted featuring the new kangaroo reverse designed by George Kruger Gray and the word 'MODEL' on the obverse. Edward VIII’s decision to abdicate the British throne AND the subsequent decision by the Australian Government NOT to issue circulating pennies in 1937 conferred a superstar status on the 1937 Uniface Penny. From the original mintage of eight coins struck at the Royal Mint London, six are now held by private collectors, with this coin noted as one of the finest.The technical shots below confirm the glorious state of this coin.
STATUS
SOLD 25/02/2024

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50381-1921-SQ-Halfpenny-Rev-Mood-June-2022
COIN
1921 Kookaburra Square Halfpenny, one of the Commonwealth's great coin rarities
QUALITY
Choice Uncirculated with lustrous fields under soft antique toning
PROVENANCE
Jaggards, Roxburys Auction 2015
PRICE
$100,000
COMMENTS
This is an outstanding coin rarity. In superb quality. The Kookaburra Square Halfpenny is one of the great Commonwealth coin rarities and has been so acknowledged since Australian Auction records began in the 1950s. And this example, dated 1921, is offered in the optimum quality of Choice Uncirculated. Every series has its highlights, the show-stoppers, the scene stealers. And in the case of the Kookaburra Square Coin series, the Halfpenny commands attention. The reason is simply due to its inordinate scarcity. Whereas approximately two hundred Kookaburra Pennies are available to collectors, of varying dates, designs and prices. A minuscule twelve Kookaburra Halfpennies are available to the same buying audience. It’s these numbers that have made the Square Halfpenny one of Australia’s most elusive and sought-after coin rarities. In demand from collectors of the kookaburra coin series. And in demand from buyers with a pure investment focus. The technical shots re-affirm our glowing assessment of the coin.
STATUS
SOLD 18/2/2024

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75531-Proof-1924-Florin-and-Shilling-Pair-November-2023
COIN
Brilliantly matched 1924 Proof Florin and 1924 Proof Shilling, both coins struck at the Melbourne Mint during the reign of George V and the tenure of Albert Le Souef as Deputy Master of the Mint.
QUALITY
• 1924 Proof Florin, FDC the reverse with brilliant fields, solid striations and stunning golden toning. The obverse a matte finish. • 1924 Proof Shilling, FDC the reverse with brilliant fields, solid striations and stunning golden toning. The obverse a matte finish.
PROVENANCE
• 1924 Proof Florin Nobles Auction August 2001 lot 1433 selling for $18,640 on a pre-sale estimate of $15,000, Madrid Collection of Australian Rare Coins. • 1924 Proof Shilling Nobles Auction March 1991 lot 1392 selling for $5300 on a pre-sale estimate of $3000, Madrid Collection of Australian Rare Coins.
PRICE
$50,000
COMMENTS
One George V silver proof coin is a numismatic prize. A pair of George V silver proofs, such as the coins shown above, is numismatic bliss. The reason is simply that George V Silver Proofs are excruciatingly rare and are hotly contested whenever they appear on the market. Ask collectors why they pursue proof coins over circulating currency and the prestige of owning a proof coin is most likely at the top of their list. It's the euphoria that comes with owning something that very few other people can ever possess. An excitement that the owner of the Madrid Collection of Australian Rare Coins experienced when he acquired this perfectly matched Proof 1924 Florin and Proof 1924 Shilling. The 1924 Proof Florin was struck as a Coin of Record at the Melbourne Mint and only four others are known. The 1924 Proof Shilling, also a Coin of Record and two others are known. Given their extreme rarity, it is more than likely that this pair is unique.
STATUS
SOLD 5 FEBRUARY 2024

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76692-1860-Aborigine-3p-REV-December-2023
COIN
The Sir Marcus Clark Aborigine Threepence created by colonial silversmiths Julius Hogarth and Conrad Erichsen in 1860.
QUALITY
Struck in silver and presented in mint state, with proof-like surfaces.
PROVENANCE
Sir Marcus Clark KBE, sold by James R. Lawson Auctioneers 1954 • Exhibited, 'The Dollars & Dumps' Exhibition ANZ Gothic Bank Melbourne, 2007.
PRICE
$95,000
COMMENTS
The Sir Marcus Clark 1860 Aborigine Threepence is unequivocally an Australian Numismatic Treasure and has been held by some of Australia’s leading coin dealers and collectors. Its reputation was firmly established in 1954 when it appeared at James Lawson’s Auctions in the sale of the collection of the late Sir Marcus Clarke, KBE. The earliest numismatic depiction of an Indigenous Australian, the quality was extraordinary, a superb mint-state, the piece selling for the massive price of £38. For the 50-plus years that I have been involved in the industry, it has always been known as “The Sir Marcus Clark Aborigine Threepence”. It is an industry icon and of the seven other known examples, this piece is the absolute finest of them all.
STATUS
SOLD 29 JANUARY 2024

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14282-1921-Square-Penny-Type-11-REV-April-2023
COIN
1921 Kookbaurra Square Penny design type 11
QUALITY
Choice Uncirculated with proof-like surfaces, handsome toning and a deeply etched design
PRICE
$35,000
COMMENTS
There have been great buying opportunities for collectors and investors in the Kookaburra Coin series over the last twelve months. Buyers have been taking advantage of subdued prices but, as recent auction results attest, competition for the coins is heating up. And prices are set to move. The Kookaburra Square Penny is a classic Australian coin rarity. The coins were struck in 1919, 1920 and 1921 at the Melbourne Mint. This Square Penny was struck in 1921 and has the design type 11. Another design was tested in 1921, known as the type 12. While both types are scarce, the Type 11 is the rarer of the two (by far). And visually, it is extremely attractive, the surfaces proof-like and compelling. Of course, how a coin starts at the mint - and how it ends up one hundred years later having passed through several collector's hands - can be poles apart. When you look at this Square Penny you can see that it has been cherished by its former owners for it has been brilliantly preserved.
STATUS
SOLD 29 JANUARY 2024

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76694-1947-Proof-Penny-REV-December-2023
COIN
1947 Proof Penny struck as a Coin of Record at the Perth Mint
QUALITY
A superb FDC brilliant violet-red proof and the finest known
PROVENANCE
Nobles Auction, Sydney, March 1996
PRICE
$45,000
COMMENTS
There are some coins that can only be described as extraordinary. The state in which they are presented is so impactful, they make a lasting impression and are never forgotten. Nor can you forget the occasion when they were first sighted. And so it is with this Proof 1947 Penny. The quality is absolutely stunning, highly reflective violet-red fields, the coin simply glows. And the occasion .... Nobles Sydney Auction March 1996, the coin selling for $6600 on a pre-sale estimate of $3000. The photographs confirm its extraordinary condition. And we can confirm its rarity. We have only ever handled two other 1947 Proof Pennies, this coin the finest by far.
STATUS
SOLD 24 JANUARY 2024

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Proof-1927-Canberra-Florin-Rev-September-2020
COIN
Proof 1927 Canberra Florin
QUALITY
FDC, visually stunning with highly reflective silver fields and a hint of golden toning around the periphery
PROVENANCE
Sale by Private Treaty, April 2007
PRICE
$20,000
COMMENTS
Name the top five all-time favourite Australian rare coins. Without doubt the 1930 Penny would be at the top of the list. But, the Proof 1927 Canberra Florin would, in all likelihood, be at position number two. It is a coin that resonates with all Australians and for many collectors it's not a matter of 'IF' I will buy a Proof Canberra Florin, it's 'WHEN' I will buy one. The coin is historically important and was struck to commemorate the opening of Parliament House in Canberra. And it is rare with numismatic authority Greg McDonald contending that the mintage could be as low as 150, an explanation as to why so few are appearing on the market. And this Proof 1927 Canberra Florin is a superb FDC with a highly detailed design set against a backdrop of smooth, brilliant fields. And for those that are technically minded, the strike has been well executed, there are heavy striations on both obverse and reverse and Parliament House shows the three parliamentary steps!
STATUS
SOLD 22/1/2024

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75954-Banner-2-1930-Proof-Sovereign-REV-November-2023
COIN
1930 Proof Sovereign struck as a Presentation Piece at the Melbourne Mint and one of two known.
QUALITY
Gem FDC
PROVENANCE
Sale by Private Treaty Monetarium Sydney 1990, Private Collection Perth.
PRICE
$125,000
COMMENTS
This 1930 Proof Sovereign was struck at the Melbourne Mint as a Presentation Piece and is exceedingly rare. Only one other example has surfaced over the last century. Its extreme rarity is typical of this area of the market (proof gold) and the very reason why the coins are so popular with collectors and investors. The scarcity of the coin itself, that there are only two known, simply gives people the confidence to buy. And the notion that another proof example, with the same portrait design and a different date, might pop up tomorrow is almost non-existent for the entire George V sector (1911 to 1931) is represented by about ten proof coins. (See below for more information on their extreme scarcity.) This 1930 Proof Sovereign is a coin for the ages. The date 1930, the year of the Great Depression, ensures that it will always be relevant. And will always be sought after on a world-wide scale. Its superb quality and extreme rarity also ensures its relevance and its appeal.
STATUS
SOLD 4/12/2023

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73461-Banner-Proof-1870-Sovereign-Rev-Tech-September-2023
COIN
The only known example of the 1870 Sydney Mint Proof Sovereign.
QUALITY
Gem FDC
PROVENANCE
John Brodribb Bergne Collection, Sothebys London 26 May 1873 • J Halliburton Young Collection, Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge 7 April 1881 • Montague Collection, Sotheby Wilkinson & Hodge 1896 & 1897 Lot 309 • John Gloag Murdoch Collection, Sotheby 26 July 1903 Lot 619 • Captain Vivian Hewitt Spink 1967 • Baldwin Collection, London • Spink Australia November 1978 Lot 564 • Spink Australia July1981 Lot 989 • Spink Australia July 1988 Lot 2304 • Sale by Private Treaty Barrie Winsor to Downies 1999 • Sale by Private Treaty Coinworks to Madrid Collection of Australian Rare Coins 2000
PRICE
$350,000
COMMENTS
Collectors and dealers seek out the unique. And collectors and dealers seek out the exquisite. For Barrie Winsor and for myself, and for all those that have come before us, we found what we were seeking in this 1870 Sydney Mint Proof Sovereign. The coin is a colonial gem. Perfection in gold, exquisite and unequivocally the finest of its kind. The finest and the rarest for this coin is the only known 1870 Sydney Mint Proof Sovereign. Extensive research by Barrie Winsor during a posting in London in the early 1970s confirmed a provenance that dated back to 1873, three years after the coin was struck at the Royal Mint London.
STATUS
SOLD 16/11/2023

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73407-Proof-1865-Half-Sovereign-Obv-September-2023
COIN
1865 Sydney Mint Half Sovereign, the mintage of 62,000 is the lowest of the Type II Sydney Mint Half Sovereign Series
QUALITY
Choice Uncirculated, with proof-like surfaces and extremely rare in this quality
PROVENANCE
Sale by Private Treaty Winsor & Sons, 2007
PRICE
$45,000
COMMENTS
This 1865 Sydney Mint Half Sovereign is an exceptional piece. Exceptional because the 1865 Sydney Mint Half Sovereign has the lowest mintage of the Type II Half Sovereign series (62,000). And from the very worst quality to the very best quality, the coin is scarce with one - perhaps two - sighted at auction annually. This coin also is exceptional for its quality of Choice Uncirculated. Over the last twenty years, we have identified only three other premium quality examples. Of those only one is comparable to this coin, the other two having obvious identification marks. This 1865 Sydney Mint Half Sovereign is a colonial gem. Highly lustrous, a cameo-perfect example with strong edges that frame the coin. The design is well-executed and the fields are super smooth. Quite amazing when you consider that the Half Sovereign was the lifeblood of the colony, manufactured for use in every-day commerce. Even more amazing that it survived the production process at the Sydney Mint where it would have hurtled down a chute and into a barrel. And this superb colonial gem is available now. The technical shots re-affirm its glorious state.
STATUS
SOLD 28/10/2023

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1889-Proof-Sovereign-Rev-July-2020
COIN
1889 Proof Sovereign struck as a Coin of Record at the Melbourne Mint and one of two known.
QUALITY
FDC, brilliant and flawless
PROVENANCE
Spink Auctions Sydney March 1988, Madrid Collection of Australian Rare Coins
PRICE
$95,000
COMMENTS
There was an explosion in real estate prices in Melbourne in 1889. And land speculation on a grand scale. Melbourne was booming. So too were the coining presses at the Melbourne Mint, records indicating that the mint churned out 2.7 million sovereigns. To create a permanent and everlasting record of its achievements, the Melbourne Mint struck the 1889 Proof Sovereign as a Coin of Record. True to form, only two examples have been sighted over the past sixty years, this coin last publicly offered in March 1988 at the now famous Bicentennial Spink Auction. Noted as being brilliant and flawless, the coin sold for $9000 on a pre-auction estimate of $6000. Only one other example has surfaced over the last century and that was in March 1985, a pattern of long-term holding so typical of this area of the market.
STATUS
SOLD 28/10/2023

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70505-1926-Sovereign-Rev-June-2023
COIN
1926 Sydney Sovereign
QUALITY
Choice Uncirculated
PROVENANCE
Heritage Auctions 4 January 2016 Sale 3044, Lot 31087
PRICE
$75,000
COMMENTS
Australia’s 1926 Sydney Sovereign has a reputation that extends well beyond our local market. The coin has standing world-wide, for its historical significance as the Sydney Mint’s very last sovereign. And for its extreme rarity. The coin is iconic but is rarely ever offered, a fact borne out by our research. We looked at what’s been happening in our local market examining the records of Australia’s four major auction houses and established that only five examples have been offered between them over the last sixteen years. In the same time frame two examples have been offered overseas, including this coin which sold in 2016 at Heritage Auctions in the US. Described by Heritage as ‘an exceptional coin for its beauty and rarity’ and a ‘nearly flawless and fully blazing gem’. We can only but agree. The technical shots shown below re-affirm the glorious state of this sovereign.
STATUS
SOLD 28/10/2023

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53431-1920-Kookaburra-Square-Penny-Obv-T7-September-2022
COIN
1920 Kookaburra Square Penny Type 7, one of the glamour coins of the entire series
QUALITY
Choice Uncirculated with superb edges and proof-like fields
PROVENANCE
The Gilgunnia Collection
PRICE
$55,000
COMMENTS
The Type 7 1920 Kookaburra Square Penny is exceedingly rare, and to offer an example in such superb quality is a privilege. Testimony to its rarity, a Type 7 last appeared at a major public auction seven years ago. And it was certainly nowhere near the quality of this coin. This is a Choice Uncirculated example of one of the nation’s glamour coins, the 1920 Kookaburra Square Penny. That the coin is priced at the same level as a Very Fine 1930 Penny (and yet is far scarcer) reflects the value that it offers.
STATUS
SOLD 26/10/2023

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71360-1852-Adelaide-Pound-aUNC-OBV-July-2023
COIN
1852 Adelaide Assay Office Gold One Pound struck with the second reverse die (Type II)
QUALITY
About Uncirculated
PROVENANCE
Downies Sale by Private Treaty Perth Collection, 1998
PRICE
$35,000
COMMENTS
The 1852 Adelaide Pound is a classic Australian coin rarity, with a unique status as the nation’s very first gold coin. And this example is impressive, highly lustrous with superb design detail. The coin looks good to the naked eye and when you take up the eye glass it continues to shine with a whisper touch of circulation to the high points and minimal marks in the fields. This is a well-priced example of the nation’s very first gold coin, offered in a premium quality level of About Uncirculated.
STATUS
SOLD 26/10/2023

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70668-Header-b-Proof-Pair-1893-Sovereign-and-Half-Sovereign-June-2023
COIN
Unique pair of Proof 1893 Sovereign and Proof 1893 Half Sovereign, struck as Coins of Record at the Sydney Mint.
QUALITY
Luxurious gold proofs, FDC, brilliant and flawless
PROVENANCE
Barrie Winsor, Private Collection Melbourne
PRICE
Sovereign • $110,000 Half Sovereign • $110,000. Available as a pair • $200,000
COMMENTS
Three mints were operating in Australia during the Veiled Head era of 1893 to 1901. The Sydney Mint, the Melbourne Mint and the Perth Mint. Irrespective of the mint, every gold proof coin out of this era is highly desirable. And rarely ever offered. If there is a prize amongst them, it is the coins struck at the Sydney Mint. Of the nine years defined as the Veiled Head era, 1893 to 1901, the Sydney Mint struck gold proof coins in only 1893. No proofs were struck at Sydney between 1894 and 1901. In every respect, these coins fulfill the minting ideals of the Royal Mint in the striking of Coins of Record. The Proof 1893 Sovereign and Proof 1893 Half Sovereign were struck as Coins of Record to document history, and in this case, the introduction of a new portrait on Australia’s gold coinage. And to preserve that history for future generations in its most beautiful form. The coins were struck with a plain edge, indicating they were destined for a museum. We know that only two pairs were minted and both are accounted for, this pair the only one available to collectors. And the other held in the Museum of Victoria, having come from the Sydney Mint Museum. This is the supreme prize for collectors. Two coins of the utmost historical significance, presented as a pair as they were originally struck, and the only examples available for collectors.
STATUS
SOLD 24/10/2023

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72684-1930-Penny-1-Rev-August-2023
COIN
Complete Australian Penny Collection, including a high quality 1930 Penny, the obverse featuring two, almost three. sides of the central diamond and six pearls.
QUALITY
About Very Fine / Very Fine
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Melbourne
PRICE
$39,500
COMMENTS
The 1930 Penny included in this collection is a star. It is simply a great 1930 Penny. The obverse is graded About Very Fine and the reverse a higher quality grading of Very Fine. The edges are complete and the important design details such as the upper and lower scrolls, the inner beading that circles the value of ‘ONE PENNY’, the legend and the date ‘1930’ are all prominent. And the toning is a consistent and a handsome chestnut brown. Under the eye glass, the coin continues to shine showing two, almost three, sides of the central diamond and six plump pearls. We note the oval to the left of the band is almost complete, the coin justifiably awarded its About Very Fine obverse grading. The reverse is graded higher again at Very Fine. And while the quality of this 1930 Penny should be enough to gain buyer attention, its inclusion in a complete collection of Australian pennies (1911 to 1964) makes this offer irresistible buying. Technical shots are provided below.
STATUS
SOLD 23/10/2023

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66655-Proof-1953-Predecimal-Set-REV-March-2023
COIN
The 'Chase Manhattan' Presentation Set struck in 1953 at the Melbourne Mint depicting the new obverse portrait of Queen Elizabeth II
QUALITY
A specimen set struck to extraordinary quality levels, FDC and stunning
PROVENANCE
Sale by Private Treaty to 'The Woulfin Collection' 1998, Sale by Private Treaty to 'CSC Collection' 2002
PRICE
$75,000
COMMENTS
The 'Chase Manhattan' Presentation Set is comprised of five coins, the penny, florin, shilling, sixpence and threepence. Each piece was struck to specimen quality, depicting the new monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, in her coronation year. The sets were struck to order, the request placed by the Chase Manhattan Bank in New York for their Currency Museum and only twelve sets were prepared. All were exported overseas. No sets were struck for the Australian collector market, meaning that this is the only Australian issue to mark the 1953 coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. Four Chase Manhattan Sets have been sighted over the last fifty years, the first sighting at Spink & Son Melbourne Auction in 1975. A set was more recently sighted at auction in November 2001, where it sold for $39,000 on a pre-auction estimate of $18,000. Well preserved 1953 Sets are stunning ... see our comments below on the individual coins.
STATUS
SOLD 5/10/2023

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1808-Pierced-Dollar-VF-Mexico-Rev-August-2020
COIN
Trinidad 1811 Holey Dollar, struck on an 1808 Mexico Mint Charles IIII Spanish Silver Dollar
QUALITY
Very Fine
PROVENANCE
Gordon Collection sold by Baldwins Sale 8 1996, Mark Freehill Collection
PRICE
$16,500
COMMENTS
This extremely rare 1811 Trinidad Holey Dollar was created from an 1808 Mexico Mint Silver Dollar that was pierced to create a plain cut, octagonal edged hole. So, while Governor Lachlan Macquarie was coining his Holey Dollars in Sydney in 1813, similar schemes had already been hatched across the other side of the globe, including the British Commonwealth Island of Trinidad. Irrespective of the issuing authority - New South Wales, Trinidad, Dominica or Canada's Prince Edward Island - the Holey Dollar is an internationally respected colonial coin that began its life as a Spanish Silver Dollar. Extremely rare and highly sought after.
STATUS
SOLD 4/10/2023

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69275-1921-Kookaburra-Square-Penny-T12-REV-May-2023
COIN
1921 Square Penny design Type 12
QUALITY
Superb Choice Uncirculated
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Perth
PRICE
$30,000
COMMENTS
This 1921 Kookaburra Penny is engaging, its quality is stunning. So too is its price for it is being offered at less than the cost of a well circulated 1930 Penny. When you compare their rarity, the 1930 Penny with at least 1000 well circulated examples available to collectors, and this 1921 Square Penny a minuscule 35 to 40 coins, the value it represents is impressive. And if you think the reverse on this coin looks good, wait until you see the obverse. Spectacular!
STATUS
SOLD 21/9/2023

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41431-1852-Adelaide-Pound-Cracked-Die-aUNC-Obv-June-2023
COIN
The Type I, 1852 Adelaide One Pound minted in the very first production run of the nation's first gold coin. Of the highest rarity and historical significance. .
QUALITY
About Uncirculated and as such, one of the finest
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Melbourne
PRICE
$155,000
COMMENTS
The One Pound was the nation’s first gold coin struck in 1852 at Adelaide's Government Assay Office, twelve months after gold was discovered in Victoria. Two distinct One Pound types are available to buyers, the Type I from the first production run or the Type II from the second run. The first production run of Adelaide Pounds utilised a reverse die that had a beaded inner-circle as part of its design. Its usage was brief. The die cracked. And was replaced with a new die that had a completely different design, a style that was maintained for the entire second run. Because it was brief, coins from the first production run are extremely rare. Second production run coins are scarce, but nowhere near the exclusivity of those from the first production run. This Type I Adelaide Pound is a prized piece with four key characteristics that make it ripe for investment. Supreme quality. Extreme rarity. The ultimate historical standing of being the nation's first gold coin produced in the very first production run. And a conservative price. The technical shots below confirm the glorious state of this coin.
STATUS
SOLD 29/9/2023

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73485-Proof-1934-Silver-Set-Rev-September-2023
COIN
1934 Proof Set, the first set of Australian proof coins produced and sold to collectors
QUALITY
Superb FDC
PROVENANCE
Downies Sale by Private Treaty CSC Collection 1996
PRICE
$75,000
COMMENTS
The origins of striking proof coins for collectors of Australia’s circulating currency rests with this 1934 Proof Set. It is the very first commercially produced set of Australian proof coins and was issued at the Melbourne Mint. It is an integral part of one of the nation’s most historic collector series, the ‘Numismatic Influencers’ of 1916 to 1953. This particular 1934 Proof Set was acquired in 1996 and has been wonderfully preserved. The silvers are magnificent. The copper penny and halfpenny equally so. This is the fourth only complete and original set that we have sold in a career that spans fifty-plus years. And this is one of the very best that we have handled.
STATUS
SOLD 12/9/2023

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54178-1883-Sovereign-Obv-September-2022
COIN
1883 Young Head Shield Sovereign, Melbourne Mint. One of the key dates of the series.
QUALITY
Brilliant Uncirculated with satin-smooth fields and a highly detailed design
PROVENANCE
Robert Jaggard Collection 1989 • Private Treaty Paul Terry Collection • Quartermaster Collection (Tom Hadley) sold 4 June 2009 Lot 65
PRICE
$17,500
COMMENTS
Some numismatic giants were created during the seventeen-year Young Head era of 1871 to 1887. Two sovereign reverse designs were used concurrently, the St George and the Dragon and the Shield. As no conventions were set as to the mintages other than an overall total, it was inevitable that one design would be favoured over the other. And that a low mintage super-star would emerge. And it has in the form of this coin, the Melbourne Mint’s 1883 Sovereign struck with the Shield reverse and the Young Head portrait. A personal notation of a 'Brilliant Coin' was detailed against this 1883 Sovereign when it appeared in the Quartermaster Auction Catalogue. The comment captured the essence of the coin. Offered as Lot 65, the 1883M was acknowledged as a 'rare date' and 'extremely rare' in the quality offered of Brilliant Uncirculated. In hindsight, it is what we have come to expect of a sovereign that was formerly owned by Robert Jaggard, Paul Terry and Tom Hadley, three of Australia's greatest gold coin collectors. You might sight a handful of circulated examples on the market annually. One as exceptional as this coin, perhaps once or twice in a decade. The technical shots (shown below) confirm the glorious state of this coin.
STATUS
SOLD 7/9/2023

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72555-1810-Hannibal-Head-Obv-August-2023
COIN
The Hannibal Head Holey Dollar, created from a Spanish Silver Dollar struck in 1810 at the Lima Mint in Peru featuring the 'imaginary' portrait of the monarch. One of two held by private collectors.
QUALITY
Original coin obverse Very Good • reverse About Fine. Counter stamps obverse About Fine • reverse worn smooth but showing a hint of the Five Shillings
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Sydney
PRICE
$145,000
COMMENTS
Throughout history, extraordinary events have impacted on a nation’s currency. Triggering ad hoc measures to supplement a medium of exchange. Affecting mintages or inspiring new designs. The events create an environment that spawns numismatic superstars. The Hannibal Head Holey Dollar is one such numismatic super-star. Called the ‘Hannibal Head' due to an act of political intrigue, the coin is legendary and only TWO Hannibal Head Holey Dollars are held by private collectors. And if you are wondering why this Holey Dollar is named but most others aren’t. Consider that the world's most famous diamond is named, the Hope Diamond. And Australia’s most famous nugget is called the Welcome Stranger. These icons are named so they can connect easily with the public, providing them with a lasting familiarity for generations to come. And so it is with Australia's leading Holey Dollars. They also are named. There is the Pillar Holey Dollar, a unique coin. The Madrid Holey Dollar, also for collectors unique. And the Hannibal Head Holey Dollar with two examples available to collectors. These four Holey Dollars resonate with collectors, their names ensuring a familiarity for generations to come. Highly prestigious, excruciatingly rare, we are truly honoured to be offering the celebrated Hannibal Head Holey Dollar.
STATUS
SOLD 1/9/2023

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Proof-1945-Penny-Rev-41102-August-2021
COIN
Australia's rarest penny, the 1945 Penny, struck at the Melbourne Mint
QUALITY
FDC, a spectacular proof strike, fully brilliant with a golden obverse and reddish brown reverse
PROVENANCE
The Museum of Victoria Collection
PRICE
$105,000
COMMENTS
The Museum of Victoria joined with Spink Australia in July 1988 to create a gala coin auction as part of Australia's Bicentenary celebrations. The museum auctioned off some of its duplicates, coins of national significance such as the 1920 Star Florin and 1920 Star Shilling. And pieces that had never been seen before nor available to collectors, occasions when the entire mintage was placed in archives with none passed to officials or members of the public. Coins such as the 1902 Sydney Mint Two Pounds, struck in the last day of operation of the Sydney Mint. The 1946 cupro--nickel florin shown below. And this coin, Australia’s rarest Penny, the 1945 Penny. Now let's be clear. And don't get excited if you happen to have a 1945 Penny in your bottom drawer! More than ten million pennies were struck in 1945 at the Perth Mint making it one of Australia's most readily available pennies, a dot after the 'Y' in 'PENNY' or a dot after the 'A' in AUSTRALIA identifying that it was struck at Perth. The Melbourne Mint, on the other hand, struck only FOUR pennies in 1945 - minus the dot. The four prized coins were retained by the mint for posterity. And this example is one of the four. In a market that values rarity - and quality - above all else, this coin takes the prize for it is the nation's rarest penny. A superb FDC, with full brilliance on both obverse and reverse, this magnificent piece of Australian numismatic history is available now.
STATUS
SOLD 1/9/2023

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71417-1813-Dump-VF-Rev-July-2023
COIN
1813 Dump, design type A/1
QUALITY
Very Fine
PROVENANCE
Sale by Private Treaty Downies 2016
PRICE
$22,500
COMMENTS
When you look at the photo of this 1813 Dump, it almost leaps off the page! That's the sign of a Dump worth owning. Its strong physical presence is due to the fact that the coin has edge denticles all the way round (which many don't have). Adding to its appeal, the design is beautifully centred, the details crisp and clearly visible to the naked eye. We note the 'H’ for Henshall on the reverse, the mark left by the nation’s first mint master guaranteeing his fame. There is traces of the original Spanish Dollar design from which it was created (the castle) above the word FIFTEEN on the reverse. And there is intact edge milling, the minting authority's ploy to prevent clipping of slivers of silver from the edges. We also note that the eight reales used to create this Dump received a bit of harsh treatment before William got his hands on it. The surfaces marks are original and do not detract in any way from the overall aesthetics of this fabulous 1813 Colonial Dump.
STATUS
SOLD 31/8/2023

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71332-1930-Penny-Sugg-Rev-July-2023
COIN
1930 Penny with a fabulous reverse, the obverse featuring two, almost three sides, of the central diamond and six pearls. On both reverse and obverse, solid edges and handsome toning.
QUALITY
About Very Fine / Very Fine
PROVENANCE
Sale by Private Treaty 2000 Monetarium
PRICE
$42,500
COMMENTS
This is an extraordinary 1930 Penny and we note that it’s been two years since we last offered one of this calibre. The coin is elegant. The coin has finesse and it is for the collector that has been sitting back waiting for the ‘right’ 1930 Penny to come along. It is an exciting 1930 Penny, for the exceptional quality traits it possesses. The reverse is graded Very Fine, the coin having crisp upper and lower scrolls and well-defined inner beading. Yes, the coin has circulated which is reflected in our obverse grading of About Very Fine. BUT the years of usage have treated it very, very kindly. It is an original, intact, well struck 1930 Penny with glossy fields and minimal signs of usage. If there is one thing that the past fifty years in the business has taught us is that you do not see 1930 Pennies like this every day. Or every month. Or every year for that matter!
STATUS
SOLD 30/8/2023

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54171-Proof-1871-Sovereign-Rev-September-2022
COIN
1871 Young Head St George Sovereign, the first year of a new obverse and reverse design. An extremely important and rare date.
QUALITY
Brilliant Uncirculated with satin-smooth proof-like fields, highly detailed
PROVENANCE
Spink Auctions March 1981 lot 449 • Robert Jaggard Collection 1989 • Private Treaty Paul Terry Collection • Quartermaster Collection (Tom Hadley) sold 4 June 2009 Lot 75
PRICE
$20,000
COMMENTS
As the only mint in operation in 1871, the Sydney Mint takes all the glory for issuing a new portrait design of Queen Victoria on Australia's sovereigns. Not just a new portrait, the Deputy Master of the mint was given a choice of two reverse designs, that of St George and the Dragon and the second option, that of the Shield. Both to run concurrently. It was inevitable that one design would be favoured over the other and that a low mintage super-star would emerge. And it has, in the form of this coin, the 1871 Sovereign featuring the St George and the Dragon reverse. This coin was one of the few Imperial sovereigns photographed in the Spink Auctions Catalogue in March 1981. Even though the photograph was in black and white, the elegance and refinement and smooth nature of the fields are obvious. Extremely rare across all quality levels and this example from the Spink Auctions March 1981 sale, one of the very finest with proof like satin-smooth fields. We note a provenance that includes three of the greatest gold coin collectors of our time ... Robert Jaggard, Paul Terry and Tom Hadley of Quartermaster fame. This is perhaps the greatest affirmation of its standing. (Technical shots are provided below and confirm the coin's glorious state.)
STATUS
SOLD 14/8/2023

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36362-Proof-1952-Penny-Rev-September-2022
COIN
Proof 1952 Penny struck as a Coin of Record at the Perth Mint
QUALITY
FDC with a brilliant strike and full mint red on both obverse and reverse.
PROVENANCE
Nobles Auction March 1996 Lot 1574 • Private Collection Melbourne
PRICE
$35,000
COMMENTS
This Proof 1952 Penny is spectacular. Molten copper and a full brilliant mint red. Strong design details, pristine denticles, polished edges. This is the consummate proof coin. And it is extremely rare. The coin was especially struck at the Perth Mint as a collector's item in a minuscule mintage of fifteen, the majority of which were gifted to museums and overseas monetary institutions. Very few were retained by the Perth Mint ... the reason for its scarcity in today's marketplace. This stunning Perth Mint Proof 1952 Penny is a showpiece of quality. And is available now.
STATUS
SOLD 9/8/2023

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71369-1852-Adelaide-Pound-VF-OBV-July-2023
COIN
1852 Adelaide Assay Office Gold One Pound struck with the second reverse die (Type II)
QUALITY
Good Very Fine
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Sydney
PRICE
$18,000
COMMENTS
The ‘miracle of numismatics’. We often use this term when the state in which a coin is found defies the odds. It is more often than not applied to examples found in uncirculated condition but it is equally appropriate for this well circulated 1852 Adelaide Pound. What is remarkable about this Adelaide Pound is that, despite its obvious usage, it has not sustained any damage. There are none of the gouges and knocks you would normally see in a well circulated gold coin. It's also pretty obvious from its state that the coin was originally well struck for the legend is strong and legible, particularly in the ASSAY OFFICE area which is notoriously weak in those Pounds struck using the second die. This is a much-loved example of the nation’s first gold coin available at a very affordable price. Check out the technical shots ... it's a great coin.
STATUS
Sold 1/8/2023

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68969-Header-Proof-1894-M-Sovereign-May-2023
COIN
A Unique pair of Proof 1894 Sovereign and Proof 1894 Half Sovereign, struck as Presentation Pieces at the Melbourne Mint.
QUALITY
Superb FDC proofs, brilliant and flawless
PROVENANCE
Murdoch Collection, sold Sotheby Wilkinson and Hodge, London 1903 - 1904.
PRICE
Sovereign • $85,000 Half Sovereign • $85,000. Available as a pair • $150,000
COMMENTS
This is a ‘generational wealth’ opportunity. An 1894 Proof Sovereign and an 1894 Proof Half Sovereign, the only Melbourne Mint Gold Proof Pair that we have ever offered in fifty-plus years of trading. We have sold a handful of individual proof sovereigns out of this era. And even less proof half sovereigns. But never had the opportunity to offer the sovereign and half sovereign together as a pair. And that’s a powerful statement given that this is one area of the rare coin market that is our strength. The coins come with an illustrious history, the Proof Sovereign first publicly sighted at auction in 1903 in the sale of the John G Murdoch Collection. The Proof Half Sovereign, also owned by Murdoch and offered at the same auction in 1903. Gem frosted proofs struck as Presentation Pieces at the Melbourne Mint, brilliantly preserved, they are flawless. Extremely rare as individual proofs. And unique as a pair.
STATUS
SOLD 1/8/2023

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1918-Half-Sovereign-A-Reverse-August-2019
COIN
1918 Half Sovereign Perth Mint
QUALITY
Uncirculated
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Canberra
PRICE
$12,500
COMMENTS
The Perth Mint has struck many of Australia's greatest coin rarities, including this 1918 Half Sovereign. It is an important coin on many fronts. Australia struck its last half sovereign in 1918, making it a critical and highly historical date. The end of an era. And it is extremely rare. Respected numismatic author, Greg McDonald, contends that 200 to 300 pieces only are available to collectors. (Our last recorded sale of an Uncirculated 1918 Perth Half Sovereign was more than two years ago.) Important. Extremely rare. And available at $14,000. Excellent value. The technical shots confirm this coin's superb state.
STATUS
Sold 24/7/2023

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70512-Proof-1916-Halfpenny-Rev-June-2023
COIN
Proof 1916 Halfpenny struck as a record piece at the Bombay Mint, believed unique
QUALITY
FDC
PROVENANCE
Barrie Winsor 1996 • Status Auctions October 2012 • Private Collection Sydney
PRICE
$17,500
COMMENTS
This Proof 1916 Halfpenny is everything a proof coin should be. Of the utmost rarity, we believe it is unique. It certainly is the only Proof 1916 Halfpenny we have ever handled or sighted. And the quality is glorious. The fields are as smooth as glass. And highly reflective, emanating intense emerald, pink and blue colours. Strong striations on both obverse and reverse reflect solid die preparation resulting in a superb strike. In fact, we would go one step further and say that this Proof 1916 Halfpenny is visually, the most impactful proof halfpenny we have ever sold.
STATUS
SOLD 19/7/2023

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69424-1930-Pennies-Nullica-Hoard-Rev-May-2023
COIN
The 'Nullica' Hoard comprising five 1930 Pennies across a broad range of prices and qualities.
COMMENTS
Rare coins are a storage of wealth. And rare coins are a joy to own. The owner of the ‘Nullica’ hoard held those views. A farmer, he bought his first 1930 Penny in the early 1990s and was so thrilled with his first purchase, he repeated the exercise many times over eventually acquiring seven 1930 Pennies, two of which were passed to his children. He was perceptive recognising that the 1930 Penny, as an Aussie icon, would at the very least retain its value. And given its popularity and limited numbers would more than likely increase in value. He was correct on all counts! Click the 'Learn More' button for individual photographs and price information.
STATUS
SOLD - THE NULLICA HOARD

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69272-1946-Florin-b-REV-May-2023
COIN
1946 Pattern Florin, struck in cupro-nickel and the only example held in private hands
QUALITY
Uncirculated
PROVENANCE
Melbourne Mint Archives • Museum of Victoria • Spink Auctions Australia July 1988, Lot 954 • Noble Numismatics July 1991 Lot 1250.
PRICE
$40,000
COMMENTS
Crazy economic times might be completely forgotten if it were not for the numismatic super-stars that emerged from these zany eras. And 1946 was a crazy year, escalating silver prices creating a financial nightmare for the Australian Government, still issuing currency in sterling silver. And this 1946 Florin is a numismatic super-star. An experimental strike minted in an alternative metal of cupro nickel and the only example available to collectors. Can a mint go broke striking currency? Well, the Sydney Mint certainly did and was closed in 1926. The Melbourne Mint was under extreme pressure to experiment with new alloys for the nation’s silver coinage and produced four florins using cupro nickel as an alternative metal. The work was considered so sensitive that none were passed to officials or members of the public, all were archived. Collectors first became aware of the existence of a 'cupro nickel' 1946 Pattern Florin in March 1980 in an article published in the Australian Coin Review. Collectors got a chance to get their hands on one in 1988 when this coin was released by the Museum of Victoria and offered at Spink Australia’s Gala Bicentenary Auction. Of great historical significance and of the utmost rarity, this Pattern 1946 Florin is available now.
STATUS
SOLD 15/6/2023

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67653-Adelaide-Pound-2-TII-OBV-April-2023
COIN
1852 Adelaide Assay Office Gold One Pound struck with the second reverse die (Type II)
QUALITY
Brilliant Uncirculated, superbly executed strike and fully lustrous on both obverse and reverse
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Perth (held in the same collection as the famous Nobleman One Pound)
PRICE
$75,000
COMMENTS
The Nobleman One Pound is a world-class rarity and set a standard for quality that no other Type I has ever matched. And that few Type II Adelaide Pounds will ever equal. This coin was, however, its perfect match and sat alongside the Nobleman One Pound for the last thirteen years. Now both are being sold. As with the Nobleman One Pound, this Type II Adelaide Pound attracted a high-quality ranking of Brilliant Uncirculated. The strike has been superbly executed, the coin displaying its full design detail. And the surfaces are highly reflective, the coin’s state of preservation miraculous. It must have been plucked off the production line as soon as it was minted and has been given extra-special care ever since for the coin is fully lustrous on both obverse and reverse. We note the edge denticles are strong and complete, all the way around, as is the legend 'Government Assay Office Adelaide'. The inner circular beading and scalloped border is crisp and highly detailed, so too the crown with its two fleur-de-lis resting on pleated cloth. And the pleats in the cloth are defined as are the jewels in the band of the crown. This Adelaide Pound is outstanding, the technical shots shown below confirming the fine detail this coin presents.
STATUS
SOLD 19/5/2023

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66656-Proof-1880-Half-Sovereign-OBV-March-2023
COIN
Proof 1880 Half Sovereign struck as a presentation piece at the Sydney Mint, featuring a grained edge
QUALITY
A brilliant frosted proof in flawless condition and one of two known
PROVENANCE
Noble Numismatics November 1978 (lot 657) • Noble Numismatics November 1983 (lot 525) • Sale by Private Treaty CSC Collection March 2004
PRICE
$95,000
COMMENTS
This Proof 1880 Half Sovereign was struck as a Presentation Piece at the Sydney Mint and features the Young Head obverse portrait of Queen Victoria and the Shield reverse. The coin is one of two known. Its extreme rarity is typical of this area of the market (proof gold) and the very reason why the coins are so popular with collectors and investors. The scarcity of the coin itself, that there are only two known, simply gives people the confidence to buy. And the notion that another proof example, with the same Young Head design and a different date, might pop up tomorrow is almost non-existent for the entire Young Head sector (1871 to 1887) is represented by about eight proof coins. (See below for more information on their extreme scarcity.) Compelling quality, extraordinarily rare, highly important and available now.
STATUS
SOLD 18/5/2023

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67491-1920-Kookaburra-Square-Penny-T9-OBV-March-2023
COIN
1920 Kookaburra Square Penny design type 9, also known as the 'Square Legend Kookaburra'
QUALITY
Uncirculated with proof-like reflectives surfaces, a sharp design and uniform edges
PROVENANCE
The Osborne Collection • Spink Noble Numismatics July 1993 Lot 1423
PRICE
$70,000
COMMENTS
The year 1920 is considered one of the ‘great’ years of Australian numismatics, producing some of the nation’s most significant coin rarities, including this Kookaburra Square Penny. The Melbourne Mint tested five different designs in 1920, this coin referenced the type 9. The coin is an acknowledged super-star of the series for it features a new bust design by Douglas Richardson that is unique to the type, the legend GEORGEIVS D.G.BRITT: OMN:REX is around the rim, parallel to the edge as distinct from most kookaburra coin types that feature a circular legend. Aside from its unique design, the type 9 is excruciatingly rare with only seven coins believed available to collectors. Our experiences attest to the coin’s extreme scarcity. We have sold only four examples over the last fifty years.
STATUS
SOLD 16/5/2023

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67748-Header-a-Ultimate-Kookaburra-Pair-April-2023
COIN
The Ultimate Kookaburra Pair - 1921 Kookaburra Square Halfpenny and 1921 Kookaburra Square Penny
QUALITY
Choice Uncirculated and beautifully matched both by design and in quality
PRICE
$95,000
COMMENTS
The Type 2, 1921 Kookaburra Halfpenny. And the Type 12, 1921 Kookaburra Penny. Both coins share the same obverse portrait designed by Australian sculptor and medallist Bertram Mackennal. And they share the same reverse design of a plump kookaburra resting on a branch. Given the extreme rarity of the Halfpenny, having the two coins together is a rare opportunity. That the two coins are matched for quality makes this an extraordinarily rare opportunity. WE CHECKED. The last time a matched pair of Kookaburra Halfpenny and Kookaburra Penny appeared at auction was in 1993.
STATUS
SOLD 10/5/2023

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67693-a-1921-Kookaburra-Square-Penny-T12-REV-April-2023
COIN
1921 Kookaburra Square Penny design type 12
QUALITY
Superb Choice Uncirculated
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Sydney
PRICE
$30,000
COMMENTS
This 1921 Kookaburra Penny is engaging, its quality is stunning. So too is its price for it is being offered at less than the cost of a well circulated 1930 Penny. When you compare their rarity, the 1930 Penny with at least 1000 well circulated examples available to collectors, and this 1921 Square Penny a minuscule 35 to 40 coins, the value it represents is impressive. And if you think the reverse on this coin looks good, wait until you see the obverse. Spectacular!
STATUS
SOLD 10/5/2023

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67712-a-1921-Kookaburra-Square-Halfpenny-REV-April-2023
COIN
1921 Kookaburra Square Halfpenny, a great Commonwealth coin rarity.
QUALITY
Choice Uncirculated with strong design detail in the portrait of George V, the legend, the bird (even to the eye which is like a tiny pearl.) And very nice edges.
PROVENANCE
Sale by Private Treaty to CSC Collection March 1998
PRICE
$85,000
COMMENTS
The Kookaburra Halfpenny is a great Commonwealth rarity. And incredibly scarce! • There are about 200 Kookaburra Pennies of various dates and designs available to collectors. • The crunch for penny buyers comes when they want to acquire a Kookaburra Halfpenny (as most do) for there are only about 12 in existence. So, 90 per cent of penny collectors are wiped out before they even start looking, as a coin will never become available. This 1921 Kookaburra Square Halfpenny is superb for quality. And if you think the reverse looks good, wait until you see the obverse for it is stunning! And this Choice Uncirculated 1921 Kookaburra Square Halfpenny is available now.
STATUS
SOLD 10/5/2023

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1919-Specimen-Shilling-Rev-43788-November-2021
COIN
The rarest Australian Commonwealth coin - the 1919 Shilling.
QUALITY
Nearly Extremely Fine
PROVENANCE
Spink Australia November 1981 lot 944 • Spink Auction March 1988 lot 1154 • Noble Numismatics March 1996 lot 1539
PRICE
$75,000
COMMENTS
In an industry that values extreme rarity, the title "Australia's Rarest Commonwealth Coin" is impressive and it commands attention. And the title belongs to this coin, the 1919 Pattern Shilling. Whereas most Australian circulating coins were struck in the millions, only three shillings were struck in 1919. Whilst the mintage is remarkable. Even more remarkable, the coins were struck in a reduced alloy of .625 silver, instead of the normal .925, a fineness that had been adopted since the first Australian silver coin issue of 1910. One shilling was retained by the Mint for its archives and is currently held by the Museum of Victoria. Two coins were given to Government officials, including the Treasurer at the time. The political damage of having a debased coin accidentally getting out into circulation saw the application of an official counter stamp, to signify the coin's reduced silver content. Two 'S''s were officially counter stamped on both sides of the obverse and reverse fields. This coin is famous. This coin charts history. This coin is rare. And this coin is available now.
STATUS
Sold 9/5/2023

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67654-Adelaide-Pound-Dawson-OBV-April-2023
COIN
1852 Adelaide Pound Type II struck with a reverse die featuring the scalloped inner circle
QUALITY
Good Extremely Fine / About Uncirculated, highly reflective surfaces and great eye appeal
PROVENANCE
Downies sale by private treaty to the Peter Dawson Collection, 1999
PRICE
$30,000
COMMENTS
The 1852 Adelaide Pound is the nation’s very first gold coin. And this example is impressive, highly lustrous with superb design detail. And that follows our first rule for acquisition ... acquire a coin that looks good to the naked eye. Take up the eye glass and it continues to shine with a whisper touch of circulation to the high points and minimal marks in the fields ... and that follows our second rule for acquisition. Ensure the technical details of the coin are sound and as described. Our final rule asks you to check out the coin again just to make sure nothing has been overlooked. This example passes our three-point rule with flying colours. It is a well-priced example of the nation’s very first gold coin, offered in a premium quality level. This is a coin that you will be proud to show family and friends.
STATUS
SOLD 1/5/2023

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67676-1930-Penny-2-REV-April-2023
COIN
1930 Penny with two sides of the central diamond and six plump pearls
QUALITY
About Very Fine / Very Fine
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Sydney
PRICE
$45,000
COMMENTS
The 1930 Penny is legendary, and its star status has made it one of Australia's most valuable rare coins. To assist collectors in their selection process, we offer one very basic tip ... acquire a 1930 Penny that is visually very attractive and has no major defects from its time in circulation. A glance at the technical photos, both obverse and reverse, of this coin shows that it is simply a great 1930 Penny. The obverse is graded About Very Fine and the reverse a higher quality grading of Very Fine. Collectors will note the partial central diamond and six plump pearls in the king’s crown. If you have been sitting back watching the market and waiting for a quality 1930 Penny to come along ... then this is the coin for you.
STATUS
SOLD 1/5/2023

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48300-1932-Florin-Gem-REV-MOOD-Unc-April-2022
COIN
The Commonwealth of Australia 1932 Florin, struck to specimen quality at the Melbourne Mint. One of two coins purchased from the Melbourne Mint for the State Collection in 1932 and unique in private hands.
QUALITY
Uncirculated
PROVENANCE
Spink Auctions Australia July 1988, Lot 1000 where it sold for $10,000 on a pre-auction estimate of $6000
PRICE
$70,000
COMMENTS
The Museum of Victoria joined with Spink Australia in July 1988 to create a gala coin auction as part of Australia's Bicentenary celebrations. The museum auctioned off some of its duplicates, coins of national significance such as the 1920 Star Florin and 1920 Star Shilling. And pieces that had never been seen before nor available to collectors, occasions when the entire mintage was placed in archives with none passed to officials or members of the public. Coins such as the 1902 Sydney Mint Two Pounds, struck in the last day of operation of the Sydney Mint. Australia’s rarest Penny, the 1945 Penny. The pattern cupro-nickel 1946 Florin, to be offered by Coinworks next month. And this specimen 1932 Florin. The '32 florin sold at the Spink Australia 1988 Auction for $10,000 on a pre-auction estimate of $6000. A further sale is recorded in 2006, by Monetarium to the current owner. This coin is the only specimen quality example available to collectors of this powerful, rare date florin.
STATUS
Sold 27/4/2023

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1813-Holey-Dollar-created-from-1809-Ferdinand-VII-aEF-OBV-43318-October-2021
COIN
1813 Holey Dollar created from an 1809 Ferdinand VII Spanish Silver Dollar
QUALITY
About Extremely Fine with Extremely Fine counter-stamps. Highly reflective, glossy surfaces and handsome toning.
PROVENANCE
Dr Mark Long, a foremost collector and numismatic author of the nineteenth century
PRICE
$150,000
COMMENTS
This 1813 Holey Dollar has a distinctive edge. While most Holey Dollars were created from Charles IV Spanish Silver Dollars, this coin was minted from a Ferdinand VII Silver Dollar. And that makes it one of the rarest Holey Dollars. As evidenced by the photos, it also is supreme for quality. One hundred and ninety-three Holey Dollars are held today by private collectors. But, of those just THIRTEEN were created from Ferdinand VII Mexico Mint Silver Dollars. This coin is one of the thirteen and the very reason why we say it has a distinctive edge. This Holey Dollar is photographed on page 65 of the Mira Noble book, 'The Holey Dollars of News South Wales', a copy of which will be gifted to the new owner. Technical shots re-affirm the quality of this extremely rare Holey Dollar.
STATUS
SOLD 25/4/2023

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67686-1813-Dump-REV-April-2023
COIN
1813 Dump, a textbook example of the nation's very first coin
QUALITY
Very Fine / Good Very Fine
PROVENANCE
The Dan Collection Queensland
PRICE
$35,000
COMMENTS
When you look at the photo of this Dump, it almost leaps off the page. And that’s a sign of a high-quality Dump. Then, when you look at the coin in your hand, the fields are smooth and reflective and the design details crisp and clearly visible to the naked eye. And that’s also a sign of a high-quality coin. This is a superior quality example of the nation’s first coin, ranked in the top FIFTEEN per cent. Over and above its quality ranking this coin has attributes that are highly prized and the reason why we refer to it as a 'textbook' Dump. (Traits that you simply don't see in every Dump.) For a start there is the 'H’ for Henshall on the reverse, the mark left by the nation’s first mint master guaranteeing his fame. There also is strong evidence of the original Spanish Dollar design from which it was created. Intact edge milling, the minting authority's ploy to prevent clipping of slivers of silver from the edges. And edge denticles that act as a picture-frame to the design. There is additional information below that expands on our introductory comments.
STATUS
Sold 21/4/2023

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67729-Proof-1930-Halfpenny-REV-April-2023
COIN
The Hagley Proof 1930 Halfpenny struck as a Presentation Piece at the Melbourne Mint and one of two known
QUALITY
FDC with iridescent mirror surfaces that give off brilliant purple and emerald-green colours, highlighting the date 1930 and highlighting the legend on both obverse and reverse. The inner beading is pristine. The edge denticles immaculate. A stunning coin!
PROVENANCE
The late Sydney Hagley • Bowers & Ruddy Auction 6 November 1974 lot 1894 in the liquidation of the Dr Curtis Paxman Collection • Spink Auction November 1981 Lot 958 • Noble Numismatics March 2000 Lot 1378
PRICE
$75,000
COMMENTS
The Proof 1930 Penny is legendary. And so is its lower denomination counterpart, the Proof 1930 Halfpenny. Both coins have a date that counts, ‘1930’, the year resonating with all Australians. And a year that guarantees their continuing popularity. This Proof 1930 Halfpenny is particularly famous and has a remarkable history that almost eclipses that of its higher denomination counterpart, the Proof 1930 Penny. The coin has a Syd Hagley provenance and is rare, with only two other known examples. It has made two auction appearances in Australia over the last forty-two years, the first offering in March 1981 where it fetched $13,000 on an estimate of $2000. A further appearance occurred in March 2000, this glorious proof selling for $39,100 on an estimate of $25,000. FDC with iridescent mirror surfaces that give off stunning purple and emerald-green colours, highlighting the date and highlighting the legend on both obverse and reverse. The inner beading is pristine. The edge denticles immaculate. This is a memorable coin!
STATUS
Sold 18/4/2023

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66776-CAB-Ad-Banner-2-Wartime-Collection-March-2023
COIN
A Complete Set of Australia's Wartime Silver Proofs struck at the Heaton Mint, Birmingham. Superb quality and a unique set.
PRICE
Available individually as priced below. Or $245,000 for the set of three Heaton Proof Coins in a hand crafted Anton Gerner Presentation Case.
COMMENTS
The years 1914 and 1915 are profoundly significant for all Australians. And they represent a major chapter in the nation’s history when Australia, as a dominion of the British Empire, was committed to war. The years 1914 and 1915 are also profoundly significant for coin collectors and represent a major chapter in Australia's numismatic history. The nation's coinage was stuck at the privately owned Heaton Mint in Birmingham creating some of Australia’s greatest coin rarities including these stunning silver proofs. The coins were unknown until the 1970s when they were discovered in the vaults of the Heaton Mint, a minuscule cache of flawless mint-state presentation pieces, their hibernation in a strictly static, controlled environment fostering a beautiful olive steel/grey patina.
STATUS
Sold 2/4/2023

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1927-Proof-Shilling-Reverse-August-2019
COIN
Proof 1927 Shilling struck as a Coin of Record at the Melbourne Mint and one of two known
QUALITY
Brilliant FDC, stunning fields and heavy striations confirming careful preparation of the dies
PROVENANCE
Spink Auctions November 1978, Spink Auctions March 1982
PRICE
$30,000
COMMENTS
This Proof 1927 Shilling is spectacular. And it is extremely rare. Just two examples of the Proof 1927 Shilling have surfaced over the last half century … this piece that was last offered at public auction in 1982. And one other coin that was offered in 1975 and has not been sighted since. (The limited appearances are typical of this area of the market). Aesthetically this Proof 1927 Shilling is magnificent, the fields as smooth as ice, and highly reflective. Almost too good to shut away, this coin has been displayed many times over attracting the interest of the collecting public and numismatic dealers alike. Take a look at the obverse. It is stunning.
STATUS
Sold 24/3/2023

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66703-Proof-1948-Penny-B-REV-March-2023
COIN
Proof 1948 Penny struck as a Coin of Record at the Perth Mint
QUALITY
Superb FDC with stunning reflective colours
PROVENANCE
Sale by Private Treaty to the Alan Long Collection 1998, Private Collection Queensland
PRICE
$35,000
COMMENTS
This Proof 1948 Penny is compelling. Move the coin through the light and the colours are spectacular. The surfaces are superb glossy and smooth, the design details strong, the denticles pristine, the edges polished. This is the consummate proof coin. And it is extremely rare. This coin was especially struck as a collector's item at the Perth Mint in a minuscule mintage of sixteen. As was the custom at the time, the mint gifted the majority of the mintage to museums and overseas mints, retaining only a few for themselves. The very reason why it is scarce in today's collector market. We have sold only one other Proof 1948 Penny that we would describe as stunning, and that coin was acquired by us in 2007 and sold more recently in 2021. Look around and you can’t help but notice just how FEW truly fabulous Perth proofs are around. It is an ominous sign from a supply perspective.
STATUS
Sold 17 March 2023

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1857-Proof-Half-Sovereign-Obverse-August-2019
COIN
Proof 1857 Queen Victoria Sydney Mint Half Sovereign struck at the Royal Mint London
QUALITY
A brilliant and frosted proof in flawless condition and one of perhaps three known
PROVENANCE
Barrie Winsor Collection 2004 • Private Collection Western Australia
PRICE
$85,000
COMMENTS
Collectors of proof gold sovereigns and half sovereigns appreciate the extraordinary beauty of the coins. Pieces such as this Proof 1857 Half Sovereign that look like molten gold and have a depth of detail in their design that only a 'proof' striking could deliver. Collectors of proof gold also appreciate just how scarce the coins actually are. This piece is one of three known and was acquired from Barrie Winsor in 2004 and is having its first public offering in nearly two decades. Collectors of proof gold will not be the only interested party in the sale of this coin. We expect enquiries to come from numismatic investors, the buyers that will consider the coin’s extreme rarity and the price at which it is being offered and see its future investment potential. We also expect interest from collectors of Sydney Mint coins, this Proof 1857 Half Sovereign representing the very first year of a new Sydney Mint design. Compelling quality, extraordinarily rare, highly important Sydney Mint, value-priced and available now.
STATUS
Sold 7 March 2023

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65908-1930-Penny-2-REV-February-2023
COIN
1930 Penny with a nearly full central diamond and six very plump pearls
QUALITY
Nearly Very Fine
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Melbourne
PRICE
$45,000
COMMENTS
The old saying, 'success breeds success' is very true when it comes to the 1930 Penny. Every year, demand for the coin is getting stronger as more collectors seek to acquire the nation's iconic coin rarity. The increased demand means that supplies are slowly drying up. And prices are steadily increasing. It's a trend we don't see abating, particularly with the '1930 - 2030’ Centenary just seven years away. This 1930 Penny is impressive. The coin. has a nearly full central diamond and six plump pearls and it is these two aspects, the diamond and the pearls, that classifies this coin as one of the very best, in the top ten per cent. The important details such as the upper and lower scrolls, the inner beading that circles the value of ‘ONE PENNY’, the legend and the date ‘1930’ are all prominent. Moreover, the toning is a consistent and a handsome chestnut brown, the fields glossy and highly reflective.
STATUS
Sold 1 March 2023

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65907-1930-Penny-1-REV-February-2023
COIN
1930 Penny, a coin that defies the odds because to the naked eye you would hardly know it had circulated.
QUALITY
About Fine / About Very Fine
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Melbourne
PRICE
$25,000
COMMENTS
The 1930 Penny was struck during the Great Depression, and with unemployment raging, no one could afford to put the coin away as a keepsake. They were used. With the majority well used sustaining the inevitable knocks and gouges that comes with extensive circulation. This 1930 Penny defies the odds. It has circulated, but you would never know it by looking at the coin in the flesh. It’s a handsome coin with nice edges and even brown toning and that all important ‘1930’ date is prominent. The coin continues to shine under the eye glass for under magnification, there are no nasty knocks or unsightly horrible gouges. On the obverse, the coin is technically graded About Fine, with the top right-hand side of the central diamond just starting to peak through. The six pearls are evident, with the sixth just showing slight wear. The reverse is graded higher at About Very Fine. This is a grand opportunity to acquire an extremely attractive example of Australia's favourite coin rarity for $25,000.
STATUS
Sold 22 February 2023

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50521-Proof-1923-Halfpenny-REV-February-2023
COIN
The Proof 1923 Halfpenny, a unique Presentation Piece of Australia's rarest halfpenny
QUALITY
FDC with underlying copper brilliance in the central area of the reverse and around the periphery, highlighting the legend and the date. The inner beading is pristine. The edge denticles immaculate. The fields, satin smooth. The obverse also shows much underlying brilliance and, under magnification, there are striations reflecting careful preparation of the dies.
PROVENANCE
Noble Numismatics Auction November 1999, Private Collector Sydney
PRICE
$135,000
COMMENTS
The Proof 1923 Halfpenny was struck as a presentation piece at the Melbourne Mint and is acknowledged as one of the ‘great coins of Australian numismatics'. Enhancing its greatness, the coin is the only example available to collectors. And that's a powerful combination. The ultimate standing and the ultimate rarity. 'Great' coins capture the 'big moments' in history. Or the 'big moments' in numismatics. They are the story tellers. And they are either, a proof or specimen striking of a coin that was struck for circulation. Or they are a pattern, a test piece of a coin that never went into circulation. The Proof 1930 Penny comes immediately to mind as one of the industry's great coins. So too, the 1937 Pattern Penny. The 1920 Kookaburra Halfpenny. And this coin, the Proof 1923 Halfpenny. To add to their greatness, they are excessively rare. The Proof 1930 Penny is one of three in private hands. The 1937 Pattern Penny one of seven privately held. The Kookaburra Halfpenny is one of three known. And this Proof 1923 Halfpenny is the ultimate in rarity, it is unique.
STATUS
Sold February 2023

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65892-1813-1805-Holey-Dollar-OBV-February-2023
COIN
1813 Holey Dollar created from a Charles IV Spanish Silver Dollar that was struck at the Mexico Mint in 1805
QUALITY
Original Eight Reales About Fine with glossy reflective fields. Counter stamps Obverse Good Fine • Reverse About Fine
PROVENANCE
Roy Farman, Ray Jewell, Noble Auctions July 2005 Lot 1246, Mira Noble Reference 1805/10 Page 52
PRICE
$70,000
COMMENTS
This 1813 Holey Dollar has three overwhelming features that will place it front and centre for many collectors. The first feature is that despite its extensive circulation, the coin has retained all the essential elements that collectors want in an example of Australia’s very first coin … the design details and the counter stamps. It has great eye appeal, the fields are glossy and there are no knocks or gouges. Circulation has treated this Holey Dollar very kindly. The second feature, is the obvious one, it is priced below $100,000 bringing it into the reach of a wide collector audience. And the third feature? The coin is photographed and officially recorded as one of the almost 200 privately owned examples in ‘The Holey Dollars of New South Wales’ by Messrs. Mira and Noble, page 52.
STATUS
Sold 23 February 2023

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65874-1813-1809-Ferdinand-Holey-Dollar-OBV-February-2023
COIN
1813 Holey Dollar created from an 1809 Ferdinand VII Spanish Silver Dollar
QUALITY
Original coin obverse About Fine • reverse Very Good. Counter stamps obverse Good Fine • reverse worn smooth.
PROVENANCE
W J Noble Collection • Mark Freehill Collection • Spink & Son Australia November 1978 Lot 514 • Spink Auctions July 1984 • Mira Noble Reference 1809/11.
PRICE
$35,000
COMMENTS
This coin has been priced to engage the collector that wants an affordable Holey Dollar. It is one of only thirteen Holey Dollars to feature the portrait of the Spanish King Ferdinand VII. And that makes it an extremely rare and extremely important type. It is a well-used example of the nation’s first coin … but that's how most of them come. And it is what Governor Lachlan Macquarie intended when he imported 40,000 Spanish Silver Dollars into the penal colony of New South Wales and converted them into Holey Dollars. The colony was starved of a circulating medium and Macquarie wanted them used to stimulate the economy. The price of $35,000 reflects its usage and the extreme scarcity of Ferdinand VII Holey Dollars. We note the coin appears on page 67 of the Reference Book 'The Holey Dollars of New South Wales' authored by the late Bill Mira and Jim Noble. We also note that it was once held in the collection of one of the authors - Jim Noble - a foremost dealer and Holey Dollar authority. .
STATUS
Sold 23 February 2023

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61840-1930-Penny-GVF-VF-Rev-October-2022
COIN
1930 Penny with a full central diamond and six very plump pearls (and our New Year bonus offer of a 1923 Halfpenny)
QUALITY
Very Fine-Plus, and one of the best
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Melbourne
PRICE
$60,000
COMMENTS
Consistent chestnut toning and highly reflective, smooth fields. Well defined inner beading, strong upper and lower scrolls and solid edges, these are the hallmarks of a great 1930 Penny. This 1930 Penny is defined by a superb reverse. And an equally superb obverse. Under the eye-glass the coin continues to shine for the central diamond is complete and solid. The oval to the left of the diamond is almost complete. There are six very plump pearls and the area of the design that includes the seventh and eighth pearl is flattened yet evident. Now, it is a fact that the most frequently sighted 1930 Penny is a well circulated Fine. This coin, at Very Fine-Plus, is at least four to five grades higher. A 1930 Penny at this quality level would be offered on the market, perhaps once annually. This frequency is minuscule when you consider the popularity of the 1930 Penny.
STATUS
Sold January 2023

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1813-Holey-Dollar-created-from-1804-Mexico-Mint-gVF-EF-OBV-43325-October-2021
COIN
1813 Holey Dollar created from a Charles IV Spanish Silver Dollar that was issued at the Mexico Mint in 1804. Of particular note, the vertical alignment of the obverse counter-stamps - 'New South Wales' and '1813' - with the date '1804'. This is the optimum position of the counter-stamps and was rarely ever achieved by mint master, William Henshall.
QUALITY
Original coin: Very Fine, the surfaces highly reflective with subtle grey toning. Counter-stamps: Good Very Fine.
PROVENANCE
Money Company California, 1980. Noble Numismatics Auction April 2004, Lot 1383 selling for $114,000 on a pre-auction estimate of $90,000. Mira/Noble Reference 1804/13 page 49.
PRICE
$175,000
COMMENTS
We like the quality of this Holey Dollar. The coin has fabulous eye appeal. And we like its technical attributes, the vertical alignment of the counter-stamps 'New South Wales', '1813' with the date '1804', a trait that is seen in only a handful of Holey Dollars and is keenly sought and highly valued. Last, but by no means least, we like its price point. When it comes to buying a Holey Dollar, the price point of between $100,000 and $200,000 offers extreme value for your investment dollars. The buyer is taking up a coin that, to the naked eye looks relatively untouched and that has all its design details intact. (In comparison to those Holey Dollars priced below $100,000 that show obvious design wear and/or possible defects from usage.) The technical shots shown below confirm our glowing assessment of the coin.
STATUS
Sold 31/10/2022

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53803-Proof-1956-Penny-Rev-30-September-2022
COIN
Proof 1956 Penny struck at the Perth Mint and featuring the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II
QUALITY
Full blazing copper, a superb Gem FDC
PRICE
$22,000
COMMENTS
This Proof 1956 Penny is intensely beautiful. The strike is highly detailed, the coin brilliantly preserved showing full copper brilliance. A Perth Mint copper proof out of this era, and in such a heady quality, could only have come from one source. Melbourne Collector Kevin Tierney. Kevin is an expert on Australian proof coinage, a passionate and very knowledgeable collector. He acquired his proofs in America, in the 1980s, while he was residing overseas. Australian coins bought in the US? Now, while that may come as a surprise to many readers, it is a further endorsement on the quality of these coins. The Perth Mint had developed a large export market for its early commercial proofs, US collectors its prime target. And it is acknowledged that the quality of those coins sold into the US were far superior to those sold locally.
STATUS
Sold 24/10/2022

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50516-Proof-1921-Star-Shilling-Rev-MOOD-June-2022
COIN
The unique Proof 1921 Star Shilling struck as a Presentation Piece at the Sydney Mint
QUALITY
FDC
PROVENANCE
Spink Auctions March April 1984 Lot 607, Spink Auctions March 1988 Lot 1167, Barrie Winsor Collection
PRICE
$115,000
COMMENTS
This Proof 1921 Star Shilling is unique. And this Proof 1921 Star Shilling is acknowledged as one of the ‘great' coins of Australian numismatics. And that's a powerful combination. The ultimate rarity and the ultimate standing. Great coins capture the 'big moments' in history. They are the story tellers. And they are either, a proof striking of a coin that was struck for circulation. Or they are a pattern, a test piece of a coin that never went into circulation. The Proof 1930 Penny comes immediately to mind as one of the industry's great coins. So too, the 1937 Pattern Penny. The 1920 Kookaburra Halfpenny. And this coin, the Proof 1921 Star Shilling. To add to their greatness, they are excessively rare. The Proof 1930 Penny is one of three in private hands. The 1937 Pattern Penny one of seven privately held. The Kookaburra Halfpenny is one of three known. And this Proof 1921 Star Shilling, is the ultimate in rarity, it is unique. To offer this coin is a privilege. To own this coin and claim it as your own, is an even greater privilege. The technical shots (see READ MORE section) confirm the glorious state of this coin.
STATUS
Sold 13/10/2022

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53737-1813-Holey-Dollar-Ferdinand-Obv-September-2022
COIN
1813 Holey Dollar created from an 1809 Ferdinand VII Spanish Silver Dollar
QUALITY
Original Coin: About Fine Counter-stamps Very Fine
PROVENANCE
American Collector W D Koonce, Spink Australia July 1983 Lot 801, Mira Noble Reference 1809/12 Illustrated on Page 66
PRICE
$88,000
COMMENTS
How exciting is it to pick up a major reference book and find your Holey Dollar illustrated and detailed. And then flick through the book and do the numbers and realise that your Holey Dollar is also one of the rarest. Those pleasures await the buyer of this Ferdinand VII Holey Dollar. This Holey Dollar was created from a Ferdinand VII Spanish Silver Dollar. Yes it is well circulated, but it also is extremely rare and that makes it a stand-out piece. One hundred and ninety-three Holey Dollars are held today by private collectors. But of those, just THIRTEEN were created from Ferdinand VII Mexico Mint Silver Dollars. Even rarer, take a look at the counter-stamps. They are in the optimum position, the fleur de lis and twig of leaves in the same vertical vista as the date 1809. As is the legend New South Wales and the date 1813 in alignment with the crown. To add to the pleasure of this purchase, the book, 'The Holey Dollars of New South Wales' by Messrs Mira and Noble will be provided.
STATUS
Sold September 2022

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53730-Proof-1955-Penny-and-Halfpenny-Rev-September-2022
COIN
Proof 1955 Penny and Proof 1955 Halfpenny struck at the Perth Mint and featuring the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II
QUALITY
Full blazing copper, a superb Gem FDC
PROVENANCE
The Collection of Kevin Tierney
PRICE
$35,000
COMMENTS
Just one glance at these coins, and you know they are special. Under the eye glass they are even more special, the heavy striations indicating very careful preparation of the dies to facilitate a strong strike. This pair of Proof 1955 Penny and Proof 1955 Halfpenny are awesome and you simply don’t see quality like this around! We realised, as soon as we saw them, that they could only have come from one source. Melbourne Collector Kevin Tierney. Kevin is an expert on Australian proof coinage, a passionate and very knowledgeable collector. He acquired his proofs in America, in the 1980s, while he was residing overseas. Australian coins bought in the US? Now, while that may come as a surprise to many readers, it is a further endorsement on the quality of these coins. The Perth Mint had developed a large export market for its early commercial proofs, US collectors its prime target. And it is acknowledged that the quality of those coins sold into the US were far superior to those sold locally.
STATUS
Sold September 2022

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51184-1967-$20-Coombs-Randall-Unc-Pair-Rev-June-2022
COIN
1967 Coombs Randall Twenty Dollars Consecutive Pair
QUALITY
Uncirculated
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Geelong Victoria
PRICE
$15,500
COMMENTS
Will King Charles III appear on Australia's $5 banknote? If he doesn’t, whose face will adorn our lowest denomination note? Questions that are already intriguing the public. Either way there will be a flurry of decimal banknote activity next year with new collectors swelling an already vibrant market. They will add pressure to those pockets of the decimal banknote market that are already scarce. Banknotes such as these Coombs Randall Twenty Dollar notes. The 1967 Coombs Randall Twenty Dollar banknote is Australia's rarest issued decimal note. In fact, the Australian banknotes that have the Coombs Randall signature combination are scarce in all denominations from the One Dollar up to the Twenty Dollar. And the ‘Coombs Randall Twenties’ are the scarcest and most sought after of them all. While most banknotes are issued throughout a year, the Coombs Randall Twenty Dollar notes were issued for only a matter of weeks, from mid-September 1967 until October 1967. The 'Coombs Randall Twenties' are the absolute ‘key’ to the Australian banknote series and this pair is a great one to put away for the future. See technical shots below.
STATUS
Sold September 2022

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40385-Proof-1936-Florin-Rev-August-2022
COIN
Proof 1936 Florin struck as a Coin of Record at the Melbourne Mint and one of four known
QUALITY
FDC, with much brilliance under handsome smoky toning
PROVENANCE
Nobles Auction July 2001, Lot 1460
PRICE
$15,000
COMMENTS
This Proof 1936 Florin is a remarkable piece of currency history. The coin was struck at the Melbourne Mint as a presentation piece and marks the end of the George V era. (1910 - 1936). As such, it is a coin of significance. Well struck, with brilliant smooth fields under handsome smoky toning, the coin is one of only four known. But possible the most remarkable aspect of this coin is the price. We are offering it at $15,000.
STATUS
Sold September 2022

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51159-Proof-1924-Sixpence-Rev-August-2022
COIN
Proof 1924 Sixpence struck as a Coin of Record at the Melbourne Mint and one of five known
QUALITY
FDC
PROVENANCE
Downies, sold by private treaty to the Woulfin Collection, 1999
PRICE
$10,500
COMMENTS
We are not sure which excites us more. The coin. Or the asking price. This Proof 1924 Sixpence was struck as a Coin of Record at the Melbourne Mint during the tenure of Mr A M Le Souef as the mint’s Deputy Master. Extremely rare, it is offered at $10,500. Visually it is stunning. It's as though you are looking at a pool of molten silver. And the depth of detail in the design is amazing. This Proof 1924 Sixpence has broad appeal, catering to collectors and numismatic investors. And it is available now.
STATUS
Sold September 2022

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53055-Proof-1954-Florin-1-Rev-September-2022
COIN
Proof 1954 Coat of Arms Florin struck as a Presentation Piece at the Melbourne Mint and featuring the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II
QUALITY
Brilliant FDC and possibly unique in private hands
PROVENANCE
Spink Auctions Melbourne 1999, March 28 & 29, Lot 342
PRICE
$20,000
COMMENTS
This Proof 1954 Coat of Arms Florin is historically significant. The very first proof coin to depict the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. It is a noted piece and it is rare. The coin made its first auction appearance in Melbourne in 1999, the sale conducted by Spink London. Some of the proofs on offer, including this coin, had never been sighted before, Spink indicating that they were the property of a senior official of the Royal Mint London, said to be that of H G Stride OBE. Of further significance for collectors, we believe this coin is unique.
STATUS
Sold September 2022.

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30305-Header-Proof-1855-Sov-&-Half-Sov-Pair-March-2022
COIN
Proof 1855 Sydney Mint Sovereign and Proof 1855 Sydney Mint Half Sovereign, the only pair held in Australia.
QUALITY
Flawless FDC, ultra cameo, glowing with mirrored lustre
PROVENANCE
Detailed individually below
PRICE
$220,000 (Sovereign), $220,000 (Half Sovereign)
COMMENTS
This Proof 1855 Sydney Mint Sovereign and Proof 1855 Sydney Mint Half Sovereign is the only pair available in Australia. Only one other pair is known, held overseas. The coins are an integral part of Australia's coining history. Treasures of the Sydney Mint, they were struck at the Royal Mint London prior to the opening of the Sydney Mint in 1855. Visually stunning with a provenance that can be traced back to 1903, the coins were held as part of the esteemed John G. Murdoch Collection. And these stunning ultra-rare 1855 Cameo Proofs are available now. Copies of the Catalogues attesting to their provenance will be provided.
STATUS
Sold August 2022

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52832-Unique-Collection-World-HDs-August-2022
COIN
The Spanish Silver Dollar, cut and counter stamped - a collection of four pieces.
QUALITY
As detailed below.
PRICE
Available individually or as a complete collection for $18,000 (a saving of $2000).
COMMENTS
The Spanish Silver Dollar was fabled as pirate plunder, the famous ‘piece of eight’ of the Spanish empire with a diameter of 39mm and weighing 27.70 grams of pure silver. The coin was used the world over for centuries. Used and abused for it was defaced by private individuals, banks and government authorities in the eighteenth and nineteenth century by being holed, cut into smaller pieces and counter stamped. This collection is comprised of four coins, all of which originated as a Spanish Silver Dollar. They are available individually or as a complete collection with a savings of $2000.
STATUS
Sold August 2022

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54165-1930-Penny-VF-Rev-September-2022
COIN
High quality 1930 Penny with our bonus offer of a Choice Uncirculated 1930 Sovereign
QUALITY
Very Fine with a full central diamond and six plump pearls and in the top ten per cent of surviving examples.
PROVENANCE
Private Collection NSW
PRICE
$55,000
COMMENTS
This Very Fine 1930 Penny is an elite coin. One of the very best it rests in the top ten per cent. It is a technically sound coin and visually very attractive. The ideal combination for the collector and the investor. To the naked eye, the coin has even chestnut toning and strong design detail, including the upper and lower scrolls and the all-important ‘1930’ date. But it’s under an eyeglass that this coin really shines and upholds its Very Fine status. The central diamond is complete and solid. And there are six very plump pearls. Now, it is a fact that the most frequently sighted 1930 Penny is a well circulated Fine. This coin, at Very Fine, is at least four grades higher. A 1930 Penny at this quality level would be offered on the market, perhaps once or twice every year. This is an impressive 1930 Penny made even more impressive with our bonus offer of a Choice Uncirculated 1930 Sovereign. The technical shots (in the READ MORE section) confirm its superior quality.
STATUS
Sold 7/10/2022.

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50916-1864-Half-Sovereign-Unc-Obv-June-2022
COIN
1864 Sydney Mint Half Sovereign, and one of the smallest mintages of the Sydney Mint Half Sovereign Series
QUALITY
Uncirculated, with proof-like surfaces and very rare in this condition
PROVENANCE
Quartermaster Collection sold by Monetarium 4 June 2009, lot 243
PRICE
$35,000
COMMENTS
The name, Barrie Winsor, is legendary. And so is the collection he formed, the Quartermaster Collection. Winsor, had an eye for detail. He could spot a great coin 'a mile away'. And he had the experience and knowledge built up over fifty-plus years in the industry to make a relative assessment on each coin. Which coin was better. Which coin was, in his opinion, the best. And he used both his eye and his experience to assemble the Quartermaster Collection for Queensland collector, Tom Hadley. It took twenty years to complete the task! There is no greater endorsement of this 1864 Half Sovereign than it was acquired to become part of the Quartermaster Collection. The coin is highly lustrous, a cameo-perfect example with strong, unblemished edges that frame the coin. Given the limitations in size, the design is well-executed and the fields are super smooth. Quite amazing when you consider that the Half Sovereign was the lifeblood of the colony, manufactured for use in every-day commerce. Even more amazing that it survived the production process at the Sydney Mint unscathed where it would have hurtled down a chute and into a barrel. And this superb colonial gem is available now. The technical shots re-affirm its glorious state.
STATUS
Sold August 2022

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50923-1930-Penny-VF-Rev-June-2022
COIN
1930 Penny, a fabulous coin with a full central diamond, six very plump pearls and traces of the elusive seventh and eighth pearls
QUALITY
Good Very Fine
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Queensland
PRICE
$60,000
COMMENTS
This Good Very Fine 1930 Penny is an elite coin. One of the very best it rests in the top five per cent. It is a technically sound coin and visually very attractive. The ideal combination for the collector and the investor. To the naked eye, the coin has solid edges, even chestnut toning and strong design detail, including the all important ‘1930’ date. But, it’s under an eye-glass that this coin really shines and upholds its Good Very Fine status. The central diamond is complete and solid. The oval to the left of the diamond also is complete and there are six very plump pearls with traces of the elusive seventh and eighth pearl. And the fields are smooth and show minimal signs of circulation. Now, it is a fact that the most frequently sighted 1930 Penny is a well circulated Fine. This coin, at Good Very Fine, is at least five grades higher. A 1930 Penny at this quality level would be offered on the market, perhaps once every few years. Already have a 1930 Penny? Then consider trading it back as part-payment on this stunning coin. The technical photos of both obverse and reverse are provided below and re-affirm its fabulous state.
STATUS
Sold July 2022

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49734-1813-Holey-Dollar-Lima-Obv-MOOD-May-2022
COIN
1813 Holey Dollar created from a Spanish Silver Dollar that was minted in 1800 at the Lima Mint, a Holey Dollar that is unique for the date and mint combination
QUALITY
Original coin: A supreme quality Good Very Fine with superb design detail, the surfaces highly reflective enhanced by handsome light grey toning. Counter-stamps: Nearly Extremely Fine
PROVENANCE
Edward Wills Collection, Syd Hagley Collection, Nobles Auction November 2005 lot 1220. Photographed and detailed as Holey Dollar 1800/1 on page 38 of the reference book, "The Holey Dollars of New South Wales. A Pictorial Record.
PRICE
$295,000
COMMENTS
This 1813 Holey Dollar was created from a Spanish Silver Dollar that had been minted in 1800 at the Lima Mint, Peru. The coin has a distinctive edge. Most Holey Dollars were created from silver dollars produced at the Mexico Mint. This coin, however, was created from a Spanish Silver Dollar that was struck at the LIMA MINT. And that makes it one of the rarest Holey Dollars. One hundred and ninety-three Holey Dollars are held by private collectors and of those twenty were created from Lima Mint Silver Dollars. And this coin is one of the twenty. The ‘edge’ that this coin possesses extends well beyond a ‘rare mint’. The original silver dollar, a supreme quality Good Very Fine, resisted the force applied by William Henshall in cutting out the hole. The result is a Holey Dollar that has retained a circular, even shape and that displays the design details to the max giving it fabulous eye appeal. The coin also comes with a celebrated former owner. Syd Hagley was famous for his ownership of the Proof 1930 Penny and, history contends, created and drove the Australian rare coin industry. While the Syd Hagley Proof 1930 Penny may be an impossible dream for many collectors, the Hagley Holey Dollar is available now.
STATUS
Sold July 2022

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46905-Proof-1927-Canberra-Florin-Rev-July-2022
COIN
Proof 1927 Canberra Florin, an exceptional quality piece and one of the finest we have handled.
QUALITY
Brilliant FDC with rich golden toning.
PROVENANCE
International Auction Galleries 2005, Private Collection Melbourne
PRICE
$23,500
COMMENTS
Name the top five all-time favourite Australian rare coins. Without doubt the 1930 Penny would be at the top of the list. But, the Proof 1927 Canberra Florin would, in all likelihood, be at position number two. For many collectors, it's not a matter of 'if' I will buy a Proof Canberra Florin, it's 'when' I will buy one. The coin is historically important and was struck to commemorate the opening of Parliament House in Canberra. And it is rare with numismatic authority Greg McDonald contending that the mintage could be as low as 150, an explanation as to why so few are appearing on the market. And this Proof 1927 Canberra Florin is superb, its glorious state prompted aggressive bidding when it first appeared at auction in 2005, setting a new price record. And price records only happen when the coin warrants it! A superb FDC with a highly detailed design set against a backdrop of smooth, brilliant fields enhanced by rich golden toning. And this record-breaking 1927 Proof Canberra Florin is available now.
STATUS
Sold July 2022

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51849-1930-Penny-Rev-July-2022
COIN
1930 Penny with two sides of the central diamond and six plump pearls.
QUALITY
About Very Fine / Very Fine
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Melbourne
PRICE
$35,000
COMMENTS
The old saying, 'success breeds success' is very true when it comes to the 1930 Penny. Every year, demand for the coin is getting stronger as more collectors seek to acquire the nation's iconic coin rarity. The increased demand means that supplies are slowly drying up. And prices are steadily increasing. It's a trend we don't see abating, particularly with the '1930 - 2030’ Centenary just eight years away. This 1930 Penny was held by a Coinworks client and is very impressive. It is a classy coin. The edges are solid and the important design details such as the upper and lower scrolls, the inner beading that circles the value of ‘ONE PENNY’, the legend and the date ‘1930’ are all prominent. Flip the coin, over and the monarch's crown shows two sides of the central diamond and six plump pearls. Moreover, the toning is a consistent and a handsome chestnut brown, the fields glossy and highly reflective. The technical shots re-affirm the grading and the aesthetics of this quality 1930 Penny.
STATUS
Sold July 2022

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1823-Macintosh-&-Degraves-Shilling-near-Unc-Rev-42925-October-2021
COIN
1823 Macintosh and Degraves Tasmania Silver Shilling and one of two known at this quality level
QUALITY
Nearly Uncirculated, a brilliant strike, brown / grey toning with underlying proof-like brilliance and one of the finest known.
PROVENANCE
Spink & Son London sold to Guy Newton-Brown by private treaty 1968. Nobles Auction July 1998 in the liquidation of Newton-Brown's Collection, selling for $12,100 on a pre-sale estimate of $12,000. Sold with historical papers from Spink London dated November 1968.
PRICE
$30,000
COMMENTS
This 1823 Tasmania Shilling is Australia’s first private coin issue. It is extremely rare with perhaps thirty pieces known, this being one of the finest. The issue was financed by British entrepreneurs, Hugh McIntosh and Peter Degraves, the design featuring a kangaroo and the name 'Tasmania', both of which are noteworthy. It was the earliest depiction of a kangaroo on an item of decorative art available for private ownership. And the first item of decorative art to feature the name Tasmania, rather than Van Diemen's Land. According to Australian author Greg Jeffreys these two gentlemen ultimately changed the course of Australia's history for by 1834 they had built two mills, founded the Cascade Brewery that today is Australia's oldest continually operating brewery. Spearheaded the establishment of Australia's oldest theatre, the Theatre Royal in central Hobart. And facilitated the writing of Australia's first novel by convicted forger and author, Henry Savery. This Macintosh & Degraves Shilling brings history to life with a direct link to two men who were "movers and shakers" in Tasmania’s colonial economy.
STATUS
Sold June 2022

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48296-1886-Sovereign-MOOD-OBV-April-2022
COIN
1886 Young Head Shield Sovereign Melbourne Mint, the key coin of the Queen Victoria Young Head Sovereign Series.
QUALITY
Uncirculated with proof-like fields
PROVENANCE
Barrie Winsor Collection
PRICE
$65,000
COMMENTS
The shield design appeared on Australia's Sovereigns between 1871 and 1887 inclusive and featured Queen Victoria's Young Head portrait on the obverse. The series boasts three extremely rare dates, all struck at the Melbourne Mint - '1880', '1886' and '1887'. Of those, the year '1886' is the jewel of the series, a world-class rarity and definitely the one to own. Our offer of this coin is made even more remarkable because the highest quality ranking available to collectors of the Melbourne Mint's 1886 Shield Sovereign is Uncirculated. The strike is virtually faultless even to the kiss-curl in front of the ear. Simply miraculous!! Also verging on the miraculous, the coin's state of preservation. This sovereign must have been plucked off the production line soon after it was minted and has been well looked after in the interim. The fields are proof-like. The technical shots shown below confirm the fabulous strike.
STATUS
Sold June 2022

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Proof-1925-Shilling-FDC-Rev-43779-November-2021
COIN
Proof 1925 Shilling and the only known example held in private hands
QUALITY
Superb FDC
PROVENANCE
Downies sale by Private Treaty 1993. Private Collection Melbourne
PRICE
$19,500
COMMENTS
We are not sure which excites us more. The coin. Or the asking price. This Proof 1925 Shilling is stunningly brilliant. It is the only known example held by a private collector. And is visually stunning. It's as though you are looking at a pool of molten silver, the obverse in particular is simply spectacular. Under the eye glass we note heavy striations on both obverse and reverse indicating that the dies have been well brushed to ensure precise design definition.
STATUS
Sold June 2022

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48345-1921-Kookaburra-Square-Penny-T12-Non-Date-side-April-2022
COIN
1921 Kookaburra Square Penny
QUALITY
Uncirculated
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Victoria
PRICE
$25,000
COMMENTS
There has never been a better time to buy a Kookaburra Square Penny. The coin is a 'blue-chip' coin rarity. Yet in 2022, prices are a little subdued. This Uncirculated 1921 Kookaburra Penny is offered at $25,000. The price is indicative of a market that has simply forgotten just how extremely rare and important the coin is. We are not phased. It's a pattern that we have seen before amongst Australia's top coin rarities, including the iconic 1930 Penny. Yes, even Australia's favourite copper coin, the 1930 Penny, went through a quiet phase in the lead up to 2022. And it's now taken off and prices have accelerated! Shares, property and rare coins ... subdued prices present great buying opportunities. And at $25,000, this Kookaburra Square Penny is one such opportunity. It’s rare, the quality is fabulous and it’s a definite one-off. The technical shots below re-affirm its superb state.
STATUS
Sold June 2022

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49775-Proof-1931-Penny-REV-May-2022
COIN
Proof 1931 Penny struck at the Melbourne Mint and one of only three known.
QUALITY
Superb FDC with full brilliance on both obverse and reverse
PROVENANCE
Australian Coin Auctions 28 February 2002, Lot 1689
PRICE
$75,000
COMMENTS
A provenance says a lot about a coin. And in the case of this Proof 1931 Penny, it speaks volumes. The coin made its first public appearance at Australian Coin Auctions sale in February 2002. The auction was a water-shed moment for the numismatic industry offering proofs that had never been seen before. And realising prices that also had never been seen before. The quality was unprecedented. And twenty years down the track we still haven’t seen anything like it. The vendor indicated that he had bought the collection in the 1950s from renowned collector Roy Farman, who in turn was a close friend of Albert Le Souef, the Deputy Master of the Melbourne Mint. We attended the auction and the competition for acquisition was amazing, the coins selling for prices that trampled pre-auction estimates and catalogue values. This Proof 1931 Penny is a Brilliant FDC, simply a stunning coin. The year '1931' also is one of the scarce dates of the penny series. The combination of quality and rare date saw the coin sell for $26,000, thirty-six per cent over its then catalogue price.
STATUS
Sold June 2022

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11668-1797-Dominica-Holey-Dollar-and-Dump-Date-May-2022
COIN
1798 Holey Dollar struck from a 1797 Mexico Mint Spanish Silver Dollar And 1798 Dump. Both issued by the British Colony of Dominica.
QUALITY
Holey Dollar - Good Very Fine. Dump - Nearly Extremely Fine.
PROVENANCE
Barrie Winsor Collection
PRICE
$23,500
COMMENTS
The Spanish Silver Dollar was the coin that ruled the world. Fabled as pirate plunder, it was the famous ‘piece of eight’ of the Spanish empire and it was the coin that was used – and abused – by nations across the globe. In 1813, Governor Lachlan Macquarie holed and counter stamped the Spanish Silver Dollar to create Australia’s first coins, the Holey Dollar and Dump. And while Macquarie is lauded for his stroke of genius, the reality was the practice of cutting a hole in silver dollars and adapting them as local currency, had been done before, as early as 1760, by the British Colony of Dominica in the Caribbean. This extremely rare 1798 Dominica Holey Dollar was created from a 1797 Mexico Mint Silver Dollar that was pierced with a hole etched by 15 notches. The Dump, also issued in 1798, was the centre plug that fell out of the hole during the striking of the Holey Dollar and features 15 notches, a well-defined script ’D’ and a small star within the ‘D’. Both the Holey Dollar and the Dump show minimal circulation and are extremely well preserved. Moreover the pair is affordable.
STATUS
Sold May 2022

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1919-Square-Penny-kooka-side-August-2020
COIN
The 1919 Kookaburra Square Penny, extremely rare and featuring the unique type 3 design
QUALITY
Choice Uncirculated with impeccable mirror surfaces
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Melbourne
PRICE
$40,000
COMMENTS
There has never been a better time to buy a Kookaburra Square Penny. The coin is a 'blue-chip' coin rarity. Yet in 2022, prices are a little subdued. This Choice Uncirculated 1919 Kookaburra Penny is offered at $35,000. The price is indicative of a market that has simply forgotten just how extremely rare and important the coin is. We are not phased. It's a pattern that we have seen before amongst Australia's top coin rarities, including the iconic 1930 Penny. Yes, even Australia's favourite copper coin, the 1930 Penny, went through a quiet phase in the lead up to 2022. And it's now taken off and prices have accelerated! Shares, property and rare coins ... subdued prices present great buying opportunities. And at $35,000, this Kookaburra Square Penny is one such opportunity. It’s rare, the quality is fabulous and it’s a definite one-off. The technical shots below re-affirm its superb state.
STATUS
Sold May 2022

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49720-1813-Dump-Fine-Date-Side-May-2022
COIN
1813 Colonial Dump Type A/1
QUALITY
About Fine
PROVENANCE
Downies, Private Collection Canberra
PRICE
$7500
COMMENTS
Every coin has a story to tell. Whose hands it has passed through. Where it has been. What commodities did it buy. This 1813 Dump could fill a book! It is a much used – and much loved – example of the nation’s first coin, the 1813 Dump. What is remarkable about this Dump is that, despite its obvious usage, it has not sustained any damage. Circulation has treated it very kindly. The fields are smooth and reflective, the coin has toned to a very handsome light-grey. It is just a really, really pleasant example of the nation’s very first coin and perhaps a great one to put away for children or grandchildren.
STATUS
Sold May 2022

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48292-1852-Adelaide-Pound-Date-side-MOOD-GEM-UNC-April-2022
COIN
1852 Adelaide Pound, an exhibition piece acknowledged industry-wide as the finest example of the nation's first gold coin.
QUALITY
Gem Uncirculated, a virtually faultless strike and brilliant satin fields.
PROVENANCE
Sale by private treaty to Harold Hastings-Deering. Gifted to Dr. W. Smith under instructions from the Will of the late Hastings-Deering. Barrie Winsor sale by Private Treaty to Queensland Collection 1998. Barrie Winsor sale by private treaty to Melbourne Collection 2005. Exhibited ANZ Dollars & Dumps Exhibition Melbourne 2007. Traders & Investors Expo Melbourne 2007. Eminent Colonials Exhibition Melbourne 2012.
PRICE
$300,000
COMMENTS
This 1852 Adelaide Pound has attracted the highest quality ranking of Gem Uncirculated and is the only example of the nation’s first coin to be so awarded. It is acknowledged industry-wide as the absolute finest. The strike is virtually faultless. Miraculous. At the same time the strike is confounding, that such precision could be achieved given the production problems that were occurring in Adelaide's Government Assay Office. Also verging on the miraculous, the coin's state of preservation. It must have been plucked off the production line as soon as it was minted and has been given extra-special care ever since.
STATUS
Sold April 2022

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1930-Penny-VF-Rev-40352-July-2021
COIN
A 'Diamond' 1930 Penny with a complete central diamond and six plump pearls
QUALITY
Very Fine on both obverse and reverse
PROVENANCE
The Patterson Collection, Private Collection Sydney
PRICE
$45,000
COMMENTS
One of the most gratifying aspects of owning a top-quality 1930 Penny is that its design attributes are clearly visible to the naked eye. You do not have to rely on an eye glass to take in its positives. And that's the case with this 1930 Penny. The coin has a complete central diamond and six pearls, strong upper and lower scrolls and well defined inner beading. The surfaces are smooth and highly reflective on both obverse and reverse. That classifies this coin as one of the best, putting it in the top ten per cent. This coin will appeal to the buyer that has always wanted a 1930 Penny and has been looking for a top-grade example. It will also appeal to the investor for high quality 1930 Pennies, such as this coin, are extremely rare. We estimate that we would handle one, or at the very tops two, Very Fine 1930 Pennies annually. Technical shots are provided.
STATUS
Sold April 2022

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1930-Penny-Good-Fine-about-Very-Fine-Rev-July-2019
COIN
Classic 1930 Penny, with a partial central diamond and six plump pearls
QUALITY
Good Fine / Very Fine, and one of the most impressive 1930 Pennies we have sold with perfect edges and minimal marks in the field, it is a coin that defies the odds.
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Melbourne
PRICE
$32,500
COMMENTS
Perfect edges and minimal marks in the fields. That's enough to make a 1930 Penny buyer pounce! This 1930 Penny has been part of the Coinworks stable of rarities for as long as we can recall. Formerly owned by a member of famous 60's Australian rock band, ‘The Groop’, we remember this coin as much for its ties to its legendary owner as to its fabulous quality. It’s one of the nicest 1930 Pennies we have sold. Acquire this 1930 Penny and you will be eager to show it to your family and friends. Even better, it’s such an impressive coin, you know you will get positive feedback. (And perhaps even a touch of envy.) You certainly won’t have to make excuses for the gouges or the rough and ready marks that are evident in most 1930 Pennies. Selecting a good-looking coin is our firm rule for buying 1930 Pennies, irrespective of the quality level. It's a principle that really counts when it comes time for you to realise on your investment and sell. The obverse of this 1930 Penny is graded Good Fine and has a partial central diamond and six plump pearls. The reverse is graded Very Fine and is particularly impressive with strong upper and lower scrolls, prominent ‘1930’ date and intact inner beading.
STATUS
Sold April 2022

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48290-1813-Dump-EF-Date-Side-MOOD-April-2022
COIN
1813 Dump struck with the A/1 dies
QUALITY
About Extremely Fine
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Perth
PRICE
$45,000
COMMENTS
We like the superior quality of this 1813 Dump and the technical aspects that it presents. And we particularly like the price. At $45,000 you are acquiring a Dump that is in the top ten percent for quality. The fields are highly reflective and the design is sharp and strongly three-dimensional. Technically, it has the 'H’ for Henshall on the reverse, the mark left by the nation’s first mint master guaranteeing his fame. Evidence of the original Spanish Dollar design from which it was created. Intact edge milling. And the elusive ‘dot’ above the ‘3’ in 1813 that author Greg McDonald indicates is rarely ever seen. This is a fabulous example of the nation's first coin. And is available now.
STATUS
Sold April 2022

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1813-Holey-Dollar-created-from-CharlesIII-1777-EF-OBV-43320-October-2021
COIN
A Holey Dollar defined by a rare monarch, remarkable quality, an early date and outstanding credentials. This 1813 Holey Dollar was created from a Charles III Spanish Silver Dollar that was issued at the Mexico Mint in 1777
QUALITY
Original silver dollar: Extremely Fine, the surfaces highly reflective and attractively toned. Counter-stamps: About Uncirculated with original silver lustre, the 'H' for Henshall at the intersection of the two twigs is well formed.
PROVENANCE
First publicly offered Jacques Schulman Auction Amsterdam, 30 March 1914. Second public offering Künker Auction Berlin, 4 February 2016. Illustrated in Burgio's Diccionario De La Moneda Hispanoamericana, Volume II, page 135 Santiago 1958. Historical papers and catalogues attesting to the coin's provenance will be provided.
PRICE
$525,000.
COMMENTS
This 1813 Holey Dollar was struck from a Spanish Silver Dollar that was minted in 1777 during the reign of King Charles III of Spain. Now, when it comes to Holey Dollars, Charles III is important. And extremely rare. Of the one hundred and ninety Holey Dollars held by private collectors, only twenty-two were created from silver dollars struck during the reign of Charles III. And this Charles III Holey Dollar is the finest of them all. In fact, we would go one step further and say that its quality state is nothing short of ‘miraculous’. ‘Miraculous’ simply because somehow, the silver dollar escaped the rigours of circulation for thirty-six years from the day it was struck in 1777 until 1813 when it finally came into the hands of the nation’s first mint master, William Henshall, who grabbed it from a barrel. And pounded a hole into it. Its state of preservation is extraordinary and inexplicable and the very reason why at its last auction appearance in Europe, the coin set a new price record. At Extremely Fine this is the finest Charles III Holey Dollar available to collectors. And with the original silver dollar minted in ‘1777’, it is the earliest Charles III Holey Dollar available to collectors.
STATUS
Sold April 2022

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1923-Halfpenny-Uncirculated-Rev-43776-November-2021
COIN
A 'Diamond & Pearl' 1923 Halfpenny with a full central diamond and eight crisp pearls
QUALITY
Uncirculated and extremely rare at this quality level
PROVENANCE
Monetarium Adelaide 2007, Private Collection Queensland
PRICE
$42,000
COMMENTS
This 1923 Halfpenny is fabulous. Fabulous, because the coin has great eye appeal, highly reflective fields, crisp design details and superb edges. But, it's under the eye glass that this coin truly shines. The collector that owns this 1923 Halfpenny, also owned the Holey Dollar and Adelaide Pound we sold late last year. Sold in a flash we add. He pursued Australia's classic coin rarities, the 1930 Penny, 1923 Halfpenny, Holey Dollar and Adelaide Pound, his priorities always that the coins had to be visually appealing. And they had to be technically correct. He waited a long time to acquire this coin and our research confirms the reason why. High quality 1923 Halfpennies are excruciatingly rare. This is the second only Uncirculated 1923 Halfpenny we have sold in our entire career. (Technical shots are provided in the READ MORE section and attest to its supreme state.)
STATUS
Sold March 2022

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Proof-1935-Halfpenny-Rev-41133-August-2021
COIN
Proof 1935 Halfpenny struck at the Melbourne Mint
QUALITY
An exceptional coin, a stunning FDC with full copper brilliance. And one of the finest we have handled.
PROVENANCE
Sold by private treaty to a Shepparton Collector, 2002
PRICE
$18,000
COMMENTS
A Trans-Tasman connection was alive and kicking when New Zealander, Henry George Williams, financed the striking of a small number of Proof Halfpennies in 1935 at the Melbourne Mint. In so doing, Williams unwittingly created an Australian 'numismatic star'. The term 'numismatic star' falls well short in describing this particular Proof 1935 Halfpenny. It is a NUMISMATIC SUPER-STAR for the coin has glass-like surfaces and original copper brilliance on both reverse and obverse. Heavy striations reflect zealous preparation of the dies resulting in a superb strike. This coin was sold to the vendor in 2002. It is Melbourne Mint proof coining at its best and offers quality that is seldom seen. A collector will wait decades to acquire proofs of this calibre.
STATUS
Sold March 2022

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1913-Collins-Allen-Ten-Shillings-Front-43726-November-2021
NOTE
1913 Presentation Note of the Commonwealth of Australia's first paper currency. A Ten Shillings hand-numbered M000091 in red ink and secured in a ballot by Jim Mathews, Federal Member for Melbourne Ports, 1906 - 1931. The only known example signed by the then Prime Minister, Andrew Fisher. Sold with official Treasury letter confirming original ownership.
QUALITY
Virtually Uncirculated, with NO pin holes and NO folds. One of the absolute finest of seventeen known.
PROVENANCE
Spink Auctions, March 1984, Spink Noble March 1988, Madrid Collection of Australain Rare Coins
PRICE
$120,000
COMMENTS
Prime Minister Andrew Fisher fulfilled a promise to the nation when he introduced the Commonwealth of Australia’s first banknote in 1913. The note, a Ten Shillings with the signatories of James Collins and George Allen, enjoyed a grandiose release on 1 May 1913 at Melbourne's King’s Warehouse in front of Australia's political and social elite. The notes were printed in sheets of four and cut into single banknotes. Precisely at 3pm, under the supervision of Note Printer Thomas Harrison, a numbering ceremony began, each note individually numbered by hand in red ink. One hundred and two Presentation Notes were distributed by ballot to ensure a fair distribution, paid with the equivalent of a half sovereign. This Presentation Note is hand-numbered M000091 and was secured in the ballot by Jim Mathews, Federal Member for Melbourne Ports and is sold with his letter confirming success in the ballot. The pristine state of the note suggests that Mathews may have collected his prize (as distinct from being pinned to the letter and sent by mail to the recipient) for this Ten Shillings does not have pinholes. Nor has it been folded. Mathews also managed to secure the signature of the Prime Minister Andrew Fisher on the reverse. This Presentation Note and accompanying ballot letter is an investment in history and is available now.
STATUS
Sold February 2022


1855-Sydney-Mint-Sov-gEF-aUnc-Obv-July-2020
COIN
1855 Sydney Mint Sovereign, a high quality and lustrous example of Australia's very first sovereign
QUALITY
Good Extremely Fine / About Uncirculated with original lustre on both obverse and reverse
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Queensland
PRICE
$35,000
COMMENTS
This 1855 Sydney Mint Sovereign is impressive. In the flesh, the coin sparkles under the light. And the edges are fabulous. The surfaces are highly lustrous and there are minimal marks in the fields. Quite remarkable for a piece that was struck one hundred and sixty-seven years ago. And was denied any kid-gloves treatment during the manufacturing process. Impressive and extremely rare. We might see an 1855 Sovereign, at this quality level, once every year. The 1855 Sydney Mint Sovereign has always been one of our preferred coins. It's the nation’s first official gold currency minted at the Sydney Mint, the nation’s very first mint. Given its history, the coin will always be in demand, today and in the future. And it is the combination of quality, history and rarity that underpins this sovereign's value and its potential into the future for capital growth. And this stunning 1855 Sydney Mint Sovereign is available now, offered at $35,000. For collectors with an eye for detail, there is amazing strength in the crown and in the word 'AUSTRALIA'. The technical shots attest to the glorious state of this coin.
STATUS
Sold February 2022

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1923-Halfpenny-chUNC-rev-36525-May-2021
COIN
The 1923 Halfpenny, Australia's rarest halfpenny, and this example one of the best with a complete central diamond and eight pristine pearls
QUALITY
Choice Uncirculated
PROVENANCE
Madrid Collection of Australian Rare Coins, The Dan Collection
PRICE
$85,000
COMMENTS
This Choice Uncirculated 1923 Halfpenny is spectacular. To the naked eye it has proof-like highly reflective fields that sparkle and there is underlying copper brilliance. But, it’s under an eye-glass that this coin really shines and upholds its Choice Uncirculated status. The design has been brilliantly executed during the minting process, the diamond is three-dimensional, so too the pearls and the gems in the crown. The tell-tale design elements of the band in the crown, moustache, eyebrow, ear, hair and robes … untouched. Finding a 1923 Halfpenny at the quality level of Choice Uncirculated is extremely challenging. Its the highest quality level you can find and only three are known. (Technical shots are provided in the READ MORE section.)
STATUS
Sold February 2022

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1930-Penny-nearly-Very-Fine-Rev-43778-November-2021
COIN
1930 Penny with an almost complete central diamond and six plump pearls
QUALITY
Nearly Very Fine / Very Fine
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Melbourne
PRICE
New Year Offer of $35,000 (Normal RRP $39,500)
COMMENTS
Acquire this 1930 Penny and you will be eager to show it to your family and friends. Even better, it’s such an impressive coin, you know you will get positive feedback and perhaps even a touch of envy. You certainly won’t have to make excuses for the gouges or the rough and ready marks that are evident in most 1930 Pennies. Selecting a good-looking coin is our firm rule for buying 1930 Pennies, irrespective of the quality level. It's a principle that really counts when it comes time for you to realise on your investment and sell. The obverse of this 1930 Penny is graded Nearly Very Fine and has an almost complete central diamond and six plump pearls. The oval to the left of the diamond is almost complete. The edge of the crown is complete. The reverse is graded Very Fine and also is impressive with strong upper and lower scrolls, prominent ‘1930’ date and intact inner beading. And to kick-start the New Year we are offering this 1930 Penny WITH A PRICE ADVANTAGE of $4500. Technical shots re-affirm our comments.
STATUS
Sold January 2022

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Proof-1927-Florin-Rev-MOOD-41826-September-2021
COIN
Proof 1927 Canberra Florin offered to celebrate Australia Day
QUALITY
Superb FDC
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Perth
PRICE
Our special Australia Day celebratory price of $23,500 (Normal RRP $30,000)
COMMENTS
What better way to celebrate Australia Day than with an Aussie icon, the Proof 1927 Canberra Florin. Particularly with one that is as magnificent as this piece. You are in no doubt when you view this florin that it is indeed a specially struck PROOF 1927 Canberra Florin. A superb FDC with a highly detailed design set against a backdrop of smooth, brilliant fields. And if you think Parliament House looks impressive on the reverse, wait until you see the obverse. The design detail of George V is awesome and the silver fields, which occupy a greater area than the reverse, are like mirrors and blemish-free. They sparkle reflecting the light. It is simply stunning, and our photographer has captured the detail, the smoothness and the coin's brilliance. And if you are technically-minded then we confirm there is heavy striations on both obverse and reverse reflecting solid preparation of the dies producing a pristine strike. And the clincher … there are three solid, uninterrupted Parliamentary steps.
STATUS
Sold January 2022

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1813-D2-Dump-Crown-side-July-2020
COIN
1813 Dump, an 'exhibition-worthy' example of the nation's first coin
QUALITY
Nearly Extremely Fine, supreme quality and exceedingly rare as such
PROVENANCE
Osborne Collection sold by Noble Auctions July 1993. "All That Is Holey" Exhibition, Royal Australian Mint Canberra 2019
PRICE
$75,000
COMMENTS
The buyer of this 1813 Dump will take pride in knowing that the coin was formerly held as part of the legendary Osborne Collection. The buyer will also take pride in knowing that this Dump was exhibited in 2019, at the Royal Australian Mint Canberra, in the 'All That Is Holey' Exhibition. The coin was a natural contender for inclusion in the exhibition. It was struck from the very rare D/2 dies. And with a quality grading of Nearly Extremely Fine, rests in the top three per cent of D/2 examples. It is clearly one of the best. But it was the strong evidence of the original Spanish Dollar design, that was the clincher for its inclusion in the Exhibition. It is acknowledged that Australia's first Mint Master, William Henshall, applied heat during the coining process to obliterate the original Spanish Dollar design from the Dump. He majorly slipped up with this coin for there is extensive evidence of the design elements of the original Spanish Dollar, the lion and the castle and the cross bars of the shield. Traces of the Spanish Dollar design are rarely seen and highly prized. This 1813 Dump is an acknowledged industry showpiece and is available now.
STATUS
Sold November 2020

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1813-Dump-A1-gVF-aEF-Rev-October-2020
COIN
1813 Dump, a textbook example of the nation's very first coin
QUALITY
Good Very Fine / About Extremely Fine beautifully toned with highly reflective surfaces
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Melbourne
PRICE
$50,000
COMMENTS
When you look at the photo of this Dump, it almost leaps off the page. And that’s a sign of a high-quality Dump. Then, when you look at the coin in your hand, the design details are crisp and clearly visible to the naked eye. The fields are smooth and reflective and have toned to a beautiful charcoal grey. This is a supreme quality example of the nation’s first coin, ranked in the top EIGHT per cent. Over and above its quality ranking this coin has attributes that are highly prized and the reason why we refer to it as a 'textbook' Dump. They are traits that you simply don't see in every Dump. For a start there is the 'H’ for Henshall on the reverse, the mark left by the nation’s first mint master guaranteeing his fame. There also is evidence of the original Spanish Dollar design from which it was created. Intact edge milling, the minting authority's ploy to prevent clipping of slivers of silver from the edges. And edge denticles that act as a picture-frame to the design. There is additional information below that expands on our introductory comments as well as technical shots that re-affirm the superior state of this 1813 Dump.
STATUS
Sold October 2021

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1808-Lima-Mint-Holey-Dollar-gEF-OBV-September-2020
COIN
1813 Holey Dollar created from a Spanish Silver Dollar that had been struck at the Lima Mint, Peru, in 1808.
QUALITY
Good Extremely Fine with handsome toning and glossy fields, making it the finest known Lima Mint Holey Dollar.
PROVENANCE
Exhibited at the "Holey Dollar - A Symbol of Innovation", Macquarie Bank 1 Martin Place Sydney 2 October to 18 October 2013. Also at the "All That Is Holey" Exhibition, Royal Australian Mint Canberra 16 August to 3 November 2019.
PRICE
$495,000
COMMENTS
This Holey Dollar was created from a Spanish Silver Dollar that was minted in 1808 at the Lima Mint in Peru. The two words ‘LIMA MINT’ are particularly important when it comes to Holey Dollars. Of the two hundred Holey Dollars held by private collectors, perhaps twenty have ties to the Lima Mint which is why we say that while all Holey Dollars are rare, some types are far rarer than others. We note that in a career that is approaching the half-century mark, this is only the FIFTH Holey Dollar we have offered that has ties to the Lima Mint. At Good Extremely Fine, this coin is the very finest Lima Mint Holey Dollar available to collectors. Its superior quality and aesthetic appeal was the very reason why it was included in two major Holey Dollar Exhibitions. At the Macquarie Bank, 1 Martin Place Sydney in 2013. And at the Royal Australian Mint, Denison Street Canberra in 2019.
STATUS
Sold October 2021

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Header-Coppers-1920s-1930s-41446-August-2021
COIN
Copper rarities struck in the 1920s and '30s
QUALITY
Six coins detailed individually below
PRICE
Six coins detailed individually below
COMMENTS
Australians just love their coppers ... the Penny and the Halfpenny. They are the coins that were within financial reach of the 'man in the street'. Whereas the sovereign was the domain of the privileged few, a copper coin could be enjoyed by everyone. And in top quality or struck to glorious proof quality, the coin became a numismatic treasure. We have put together a treasure trove of six coins for you to enjoy, four stunning proof coins struck at the Melbourne Mint. And two elite coins that were struck as circulating currency, also at the Melbourne Mint. By virtue of their quality and rarity, each coin is at the pinnacle of its type.

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Proof-1936-Halfpenny-Rev-MOOD-41870-September-2021
COIN
Proof 1936 Halfpenny struck as a Coin of Record at the Melbourne Mint and one of five known
QUALITY
FDC with highly reflective glass-like fields radiating superb colours
PROVENANCE
Noble's Auction July 2001
PRICE
$15,000
COMMENTS
This Proof 1936 Halfpenny was struck as a Coin of Record at the Melbourne Mint. It is dramatic. And it is impressive. Furthermore it is extremely rare. The coin first came to our attention in July 2001, when it was offered at Noble's Auction, Melbourne. The auction house acknowledged its superb state by classifying it as FDC and setting a sale price estimate of $6000, considered a strong price at the time. Bidders at the auction were in agreement with Noble's assessment of the coin. Solid bidding took the final price to $7015, seventeen per cent over the anticipated sale price. This coin in the flesh reflects the light like a piece of glass and radiates stunning colours. The edges are well polished. Whoever brushed the dies to prepare them for the strike did so with gusto, for there are strong striations on both sides of the coin indicating that the dies were carefully prepared to ensure a crisp and strongly three-dimensional design. One of only five known, this stunning, yet affordable Melbourne Mint proof striking is available now.
STATUS
Sold September 2021

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Proof-1956-Penny-rev-39180-May-2021
COIN
Proof 1956 Penny struck at the Perth Mint.
QUALITY
A magnificent FDC, an intense blazing orange
PROVENANCE
Dr Vincent Verheyen
PRICE
$19,500
COMMENTS
This is a magnificent Proof 1956 Penny struck at the Perth Mint and the quality is what we have come to expect from Dr. Vince Verheyen. The colour is vivid and intense, the surfaces impactful. The designs of the flying kangaroo and Queen Elizabeth II are beautifully etched. Furthermore, the coin shows the classic high squared-off rims that the Perth Mint was, at the time, renowned for. The Proof 1956 Penny is one of the greatest rarities to come out of the Perth Mint, struck in a very tight mintage of 417 coins. That makes it extremely rare. Dr. Vince Verheyen is one of the most revered Australian proof coin collectors and an authority on proof coinage. This is unequivocally, one of the best Perth Mint Proof 1956 Pennies around.
STATUS
Sold September 2021

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Proof-1917-Sixpence-Rev-MOOD-41817-September-2021
COIN
Proof 1917 Sixpence struck as a Coin of Record at the Melbourne Mint and one of two known
QUALITY
FDC
PROVENANCE
The Madrid Collection of Australian Rare Coins, Private Collection Melbourne
PRICE
$25,000
COMMENTS
This Proof 1917 Sixpence is a heritage piece. It is a clue to our past and is an acknowledgment of the evolution of the Australian numismatic industry. In 1916, the Melbourne Mint commenced striking Australia's silver coinage. Consumed with striking coins for circulation, the Melbourne Mint did not strike any proofs. The Mint continued its obligations to Treasury in striking circulating currency in 1917 but took up the mantle of striking proofs. Which means that this stunningly rare Proof 1917 Sixpence is the Melbourne Mint's very first proof striking of the nation’s silver coinage. It is a Coin of Record in the truest sense and is one of two known in private hands. Testimony to its importance, an example is held for posterity in the archives of the Museum of Victoria. You can tell by looking at this coin that it was minted as a presentation piece. The original silver blanks have been polished to achieve a dazzling mirror shine. And there is strong striations in the fields indicating that the dies were heavily brushed and well prepared to achieve a brilliant strike. We note that it was once held in 'The Madrid Collection of Australian Rare Coins'.
STATUS
Sold September 2021

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1930-Penny-gEF-Rev-2-41089-August-2021
COIN
A 'Diamond & Pearl' 1930 Penny with a complete central diamond and eight clear pearls. And the finest we have handled.
QUALITY
Good Extremely Fine and ranked number three for quality
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Sydney
PRICE
$195,000
COMMENTS
We are going to let the photographs do most of ''the talking" on this impressive ‘Diamond and Pearl’ 1930 Penny. Suffice to say that at Good Extremely Fine, this 1930 Penny has a complete central diamond and eight clear pearls. And it is the presence of the eight pearls in the crown that makes this coin particularly special, identifying it as a leading 1930 Penny and an exception to those most commonly sighted. Of the one thousand-plus 1930 Pennies in existence today, we rate this coin as Number 3 in the pecking order. (Technical shots are provided.)
STATUS
Sold 31 August 2021

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Proof-1936-Penny-Rev-40404-July-2021
COIN
Proof 1936 Penny struck as a Coin of Record at the Melbourne Mint. One of four known
QUALITY
Supeb FDC
PROVENANCE
Nobles Auction July 1997, Private Collection Perth
PRICE
$40,000
COMMENTS
This Proof 1936 Penny was struck as a Coin of Record at the Melbourne Mint. And while eighty-five years have elapsed since the coin was minted, it retains its copper brilliance on both reverse and obverse having been brilliantly preserved. The fields are like copper-glass, the edges are well polished. Whoever brushed the dies to prepare them for the strike did so with gusto, for there are strong striations on both sides of the coin indicating that the dies were carefully prepared to ensure a crisp and strongly three-dimensional design. We close off with the comment that Coinworks has, over the last two years, sold some magnificent copper proofs all of which have come back from clients that have held them for close to two decades. And that stock has been steadily diminishing. This coin is quite possibly one of the last of the George V copper proofs to come from our 'original' inventory. It is an ominous sign from a supply perspective. It may also be a sign that prices are set to rise.
STATUS
Sold August 2021

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Proof-1923-Penny-rev-39176-May-2021
COIN
Proof 1923 Penny struck as a Coin of Record at the Melbourne Mint and the only known example held by a private collector
QUALITY
Superb FDC
PROVENANCE
Nobles Auction 1998, Private Collector Perth
PRICE
$45,000
COMMENTS
The Proof 1923 Penny is an acknowledged ‘great’ Australian coin rarity. It is unique. And to add further to its fame, the year is connected with Australia’s rarest halfpenny in the 1923 Halfpenny. The Proof 1923 Penny was struck as a Coin of Record at the Melbourne Mint and is a glorious proof striking, the fields as smooth and as reflective as glass. Under magnification, striations are noted on both obverse and reverse. There is underlying copper brilliance on the reverse and also on the obverse. The design is strongly three-dimensional, the denticles crisp and uniformly spaced, the edges highly polished. This stunning Proof 1923 Penny appeared at auction in July 1998, the coin selling for $9900, more than triple its pre-auction estimate. While the quality was enough to gain bidder attention, it was the rarity that drove the price for up until July 1998, a Proof 1923 Penny had never been sighted. And to this day it is the only Proof 1923 Penny known in private hands.
STATUS
Sold August 2021

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1921-Square-Penny-Type-11-FDC-Rev-37404-March-2021
COIN
1921 Kookaburra Square Penny design type 11
QUALITY
Choice Uncirculated, almost proof-like with handsome antique toning and highly reflective mirror fields
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Queensland
PRICE
$45,000
COMMENTS
The Kookaburra Square Pennies were struck in 1919, 1920 and 1921 at the Melbourne Mint. Only two designs were tested in 1921 and they are known as the Type 11 and the Type 12. In our view, the Type 11 is the one to own. While both are scarce, the Type 11 is the rarer of the two (by far). And visually, it is extremely attractive, the surfaces proof-like and compelling, perhaps due to the appointment of passionate collector, Albert Le Souef, to the role of Deputy Master of the Melbourne Mint. Of course, how a coin starts at the mint - and how it ends up one hundred years later having passed through several collector's hands - can be poles apart. When you look at this Square Penny you can see that it has been cherished by its former owners for it has been brilliantly preserved. Technical shots are provided and they confirm its stunning qualities.
STATUS
Sold August 2021

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1920-Square-Penny-Type-7-chUnc-Rev-37403-March-2021
COIN
1920 Kookaburra Square Penny
QUALITY
Choice Uncirculated, a sculpted three dimensional design and stunning mirror fields combine to make this coin the very finest Type 7 Kookaburra Square Penny we have handled.
PROVENANCE
The Dan Collection, Queensland
PRICE
$65,000
COMMENTS
The Kookaburra Pennies were struck in 1919, 1920 and 1921. If you are fortunate enough to be offered all three dates, then you should pounce on the coin dated 1920, simply because of its extreme rarity. That scarcity has underpinned considerable capital growth. This 1920 Kookaburra Square Penny has what we call the Type 7 design. In the early 70s, you could pick up a Type 7 for less than $1000. By the 80s prices had moved to $5000 and doubled to $10,000 by the 90s. In 2000 we note we sold a Type 7 Kookaburra Penny for $20,000. Today more than twenty years later, this 1920 Kookaburra Square Penny is offered at $65,000. That is a consistent and enviable growth path for one of Australia's leading coin rarities.
STATUS
Sold July 2021

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Proof-1924-Sixpence-Rev-40368-July-2021
COIN
Proof 1924 Sixpence struck as a Coin of Record at the Melbourne Mint and one of five known
QUALITY
A superb Gem FDC
PROVENANCE
Madrid Collection of Australian Rare Coins, Private Collection Victoria
PRICE
$15,000
COMMENTS
This Proof 1924 Sixpence was struck as a Coin of Record at the Melbourne Mint during the tenure of Mr A M Le Souef as the mint’s Deputy Master. It is a superb Gem FDC. The Melbourne Mint reached its pinnacle during Le Souef’s term, particularly in the striking of its silver proofs, perhaps a reflection of his personal passion for silver coinage. This Proof 1924 Sixpence was not struck for collectors as part of any mass-marketing sales campaign. It was struck for the mint's archives and the privileged few. Because it was a specially arranged striking of presentation pieces, only a handful were struck. The original silver blanks were hand selected and polished to achieve a dazzling mirror shine. Furthermore, the coin has strong striations in the fields indicating that the dies were heavily brushed and well prepared to achieve a brilliant strike. This Proof 1924 Sixpence is well preserved and has obviously been cherished in the intervening years. We note that it was formerly held in 'The Madrid Collection of Australian Rare Coins'.
STATUS
Sold July 2021

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1930-Penny-aVF-rev-36305-February-2021
COIN
1930 Penny with two sides of the central diamond and six plump pearls.
QUALITY
About Very Fine obverse and a Very Fine reverse
PROVENANCE
Sold by private treaty to a collector in Shepparton, 2003
PRICE
$35,000
COMMENTS
There are some coins that stay firmly fixed in your memory. Coins that are exciting for the extraordinary quality traits they possess. And this 1930 Penny is one of them, last sighted by us in 2003 when we sold it to a Shepparton collector. Yes, the coin has circulated which reflects our obverse grading of About Very Fine. BUT the years of usage have treated it very, very kindly. It is an original, intact, well struck 1930 Penny with glossy fields and minimal signs of usage. If there is one thing that the past eighteen years has taught us is that you do not see 1930 Pennies like this every day. Or every month. Or every year for that matter!
STATUS
Sold June 30, 2021

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1918-Half-Sovereign-chUNC-rev-38583-May-2021
COIN
1918 Half Sovereign struck at the Perth Mint.
QUALITY
Choice Uncirculated , with lustrous obverse fields and a satin reverse
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Melbourne
PRICE
$18,000
COMMENTS
The Perth Mint has struck many of Australia's greatest coin rarities including this fabulous 1918 Half Sovereign. The coin is offered in the premium grade of Choice Uncirculated and it is the addition of the word ‘CHOICE’ that makes this coin the absolute exception, a step up from Uncirculated and poles apart from those 1918 Half Sovereigns most frequently sighted. The coin has lustrous obverse fields and majestic satin reverse fields. The strike is strong, the design highly detailed. We remark on the strength in the rider’s leg …. an inherent area of weakness in most 1918 Half Sovereigns. We also remark that this is only the fourth Choice Uncirculated 1918 Half Sovereign we have sold. This is a great coin offered at a great price of $18,000.
STATUS
Sold June 30 2021

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1918-Perth-Half-Sovereign-Unc-Rev-September-2020
COIN
1918 Perth Mint Half Sovereign, the rare date in the George V Half Sovereign series.
QUALITY
Uncirculated
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Perth
PRICE
$12,500
COMMENTS
The Perth Mint has struck many of Australia's greatest pre-decimal coin rarities, including this 1918 Half Sovereign. It is an important coin on many fronts. Australia struck its last half sovereign in 1918, making it a highly historical date. The end of an era. And it is extremely rare. Respected numismatic author, Greg McDonald, contends that only 200 to 300 pieces are available to collectors. Important. Extremely rare. And available at $12,500. Excellent buying.
STATUS
Sold June 2021

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1930-Penny-VF-Rev-38414-April-2021
COIN
A 'Diamond and Pearl' 1930 Penny with a complete central diamond and strong evidence of pearls numbered seven and eight.
QUALITY
Good Very Fine and one of the very best
PROVENANCE
The Dan Collection, Queensland
PRICE
$65,000
COMMENTS
A 'Diamond and Pearl' 1930 Penny is for the buyer that is seeking one of the best examples of the nation's favourite copper coin. The obverse is impressive and shows a full central diamond and the smudging of the seventh and eighth pearls and its their presence that places this 1930 Penny in the 'extremely rare' category. The reverse is equally impressive with well-defined inner beading, crisp upper and lower scrolls and a strong '1930' date. On both obverse and reverse, the toning is even and handsome. The fields show minimal signs of circulation and are smooth. We rank this coin in the top five per cent with the comment that a 1930 Penny of this calibre might be offered once every two to three years. Already have a 1930 Penny? Then consider trading it back as part-payment on this stunning coin. Technical photos of both obverse and reverse are provided below and confirm our assessment of the coin.
STATUS
Sold June 2021

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Proof-1928-Florin-Rev-39183-May-2021
COIN
Proof 1928 Florin, struck as a Coin of Record at the Melbourne Mint.
QUALITY
Brilliant silver fields on both reverse and obverse, a magnificent FDC, with fabulous reverse iridescent toning. A stunning coin that exemplifies the Melbourne Mint proof strikings of the 1920s.
PROVENANCE
Noble Auctions 2001, Madrid Collection of Australian Rare Coins
PRICE
$35,000
COMMENTS
Following the closure of the Sydney Mint in 1926, the responsibility for striking Australia's circulating currency fell on the Melbourne Mint. In 1928 the Melbourne Mint was at full capacity striking every denomination of Australia’s coinage, the copper penny and halfpenny and the four silver coins of the florin, shilling, sixpence and threepence. If you include the sovereigns that were struck in 1928, the Melbourne Mint churned out more than 16 million coins! To create an everlasting record of their minting achievements, the Melbourne struck each denomination as a Coin of Record, the coins struck to proof quality. This coin is one such COIN OF RECORD and is a PROOF 1928 FLORIN. Three are known, this example noted as selling at Nobles Auction in 2001 for $23,000 on a pre-auction estimate of $19,500. The coin was eventually sold to the Madrid Collection of Australian Rare Coins where it has remained ever since.
STATUS
Sold June 2021

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1893-Proof-Half-Sovereign-Reverse-August-2019
COIN
Proof 1893 Half Sovereign depicting the Jubilee portrait of Queen Victoria. One of three known.
QUALITY
A brilliant FDC
PROVENANCE
Nobles Auction July 2005, Private Collection New South Wales
PRICE
$80,000
COMMENTS
This Proof Half Sovereign was struck at the Melbourne Mint in 1893 and is exceedingly rare. Only two other examples have surfaced over the last century. At its first and only auction appearance in 2005, the coin sold for $56,000 on a pre-auction estimate of $30,000. Testimony to the scarcity of coins in this sector of the market, another proof half sovereign of this date and design has not surfaced since.
STATUS
Sold June 2021

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1813-Dump-D2-gEF-obv-38574-May-2021
COIN
The finest 1813 Dump struck with the rare D/2 dies
QUALITY
About Uncirculated
PROVENANCE
Sotheby's London, March 1901 in the sale of the W J Davis Collection. Sotheby's London October 1920 in the sale of the Dr Hubert Peck Collection. Virgil Brand Collection. Stacks New York January 2004 in the sale of the John J. Ford Collection. Exhibited at the "Dollars & Dumps" Exhibition ANZ Gothic Bank Collins Street Melbourne November 27 - 30 2007. Exhibited again at at the "Holey Dollar - A Symbol of Innovation", Macquarie Bank 1 Martin Place Sydney 2 October to 18 October 2013. And more recently at the "All That Is Holey" Exhibition, Royal Australian Mint Canberra 16 August to 3 November 2019.
PRICE
$165,000
COMMENTS
This 1813 Dump comes with impeccable credentials. The coin set a new world record in 2004 when it was offered at Stacks Auction, New York. The coin was at the time the personal property of influential American dealer, John J. Ford. What makes a coin a record-breaker? The answer is simple. When the design has been so well executed during the minting process that the coin is the exception rather than the rule. And when its state of preservation verges on the miraculous. John J Ford's 1813 Dump has quality traits that are unique to this coin. The strike is exceptionally strong. And its state of preservation is miraculous.
STATUS
Sold May 2021

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1930-Penny-gFine-aboutVF-Rev-38406-April-2021
COIN
1930 Penny with one side of the central diamond and six plump pearls. And our bonus offer of Australia's rarest halfpenny, the 1923 Halfpenny
QUALITY
Good Fine / Very Fine
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Melbourne
PRICE
$30,000
COMMENTS
This 1930 Penny is very impressive. It is a classy coin. The edges are complete and the important design details such as the upper and lower scrolls, the inner beading that circles the value of ‘ONE PENNY’, the legend and the date ‘1930’ are all prominent. And the toning is a consistent and handsome chestnut brown. Take up a magnifying glass and you notice that the fields on both obverse and reverse show minimal signs of circulation. And while the quality should be enough to gain buyer attention, the gifting of Australia's rarest halfpenny, the 1923 Halfpenny, makes this 1930 Penny irresistible buying. Technical shots are provided below.
STATUS
Sold May 2021

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1813-Dump-C4-about-VF-Rev-1-October-2020
COIN
1813 Dump struck with the very rare E/3 dies
QUALITY
Fine
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Sydney
PRICE
$20,000
COMMENTS
This 1813 Dump is a very rare example of the nation’s first fifteen pence. Struck from a die combination that historians refer to as obverse die ‘E’ and reverse die ‘3’, less than twenty examples are known. Historians suggest that due to the crude nature of the E/3 Dumps, they may have been trials presented to Governor Lachlan Macquarie before production officially commenced. We note the traces of the original Spanish Dollar design (undertype) on the reverse. This is the only E/3 example that we have seen or handled to show the undertype.
STATUS
Sold April 2021

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1930-Penny-gF-rev-36345-February-2021
COIN
Complete Australian Penny Collection, including the extremely rare and iconic 1930 Penny
QUALITY
1930 Penny Fine-plus / Very Fine
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Melbourne
PRICE
$27,500
COMMENTS
The 1930 Penny that is in this collection is a star in its own right. The coin is very impressive. The edges are complete and the important design details such as the upper and lower scrolls, the inner beading that circles the value of ‘ONE PENNY’, the legend and the date ‘1930’ are all prominent. And the toning is a consistent and a handsome chestnut brown. Take up a magnifying glass and you notice that the fields on both obverse and reverse show minimal signs of circulation. And while the quality of this 1930 Penny should be enough to gain buyer attention, its inclusion in a complete collection of Australian pennies (1911 to 1964) makes this offer irresistible buying. Technical shots are provided below.
STATUS
Sold April 2021

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Proof-1924-Penny-Rev-30021-April-2021
COIN
Extremely rare Proof 1924 Penny. One of four known.
QUALITY
FDC with full copper brilliance on the reverse and stunning purple / blue colours on the obverse
PROVENANCE
Barrie Winsor, Philip Spalding
PRICE
$35,000
COMMENTS
The collecting pursuits of legendary numismatist and author Philip Spalding extended well beyond the nation's colonial coins. Spalding was a long-term owner of Australia's proof coinage: a collection that included this spectacular Melbourne Mint, Proof 1924 Penny. He appreciated the magnificence of proof coins. And with full copper brilliance on the reverse and stunning purple / blue colours on the obverse this Proof 1924 Penny is indeed a magnificent proof. Spalding also relished the exclusivity of Australia's proof coins. And with only three other known examples, this Proof 1924 Penny had the exclusivity that Spalding was seeking. And Philip Spalding's Proof 1924 Penny is available now.
STATUS
Sold April 2021

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1813-Dump-C4-aEF-Rev-36337-February-2021
COIN
1813 Dump, struck using the very rare C/4 dies
QUALITY
Good Fine / About Very Fine
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Queensland
PRICE
$35,000
COMMENTS
This 1813 Dump is an inordinately rare example of the nation’s first fifteen pence. Struck from a die combination that historians refer to as obverse die ‘C’ and reverse die ‘4’, eight examples are known. Historians suggest that due to the crude nature of the C/4 Dumps, they may have been trials presented to Governor Lachlan Macquarie before production officially commenced. Over and above the rarity of the C/4 Dumps, the quality of this coin is superior. It is one of the finest of the C/4s.
STATUS
Sold March 2021

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1930-Penny-3-Rev-October-2019-December-2020
COIN
1930 Penny, with a full central diamond and six plump pearls
QUALITY
Very Fine
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Melbourne
PRICE
$55,000
COMMENTS
This 1930 Penny has a full central diamond and six plump pearls and it is these two aspects, the diamond and the pearls, that classifies this coin as one of the very best, in the top ten per cent. This coin will appeal to the buyer that has always wanted a 1930 Penny and has been looking for a top-grade example. It will also appeal to the investor for high quality 1930 Pennies, such as this coin, are extremely rare. We estimate that we would handle one, or at the very tops two, Very Fine 1930 Pennies annually.
STATUS
Sold March 2021

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1930-Penny-Fine-Rev-Dec-shoot-January-2021
COIN
A complete Australian Penny Collection, including the extremely rare and iconic 1930 Penny, presented in a Dansco Album
QUALITY
1930 Penny Good Fine / About Very Fine with smooth and highly reflective fields. The few edge bumps do not impact on the aesthetic appeal of this iconic rarity.
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Melbourne
PRICE
$22,500
COMMENTS
Nine times out of ten, when people approach us about selling their collection of pennies, the holding is missing the elusive 1930 Penny. That was not the case with this collector. A retired pharmacist, his interest in numismatics commenced in his late teens when he began working in his father’s chemist shop. When the time came to take over the family business, he had the financial capacity to fill the last hole in his collection and acquire the very valuable and iconic 1930 Penny. This offer is comprised of a complete collection of Australian pennies 1911 to 1964 housed in a Dansco Album (78 coins).
STATUS
Sold March 2021

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1919-Square-Penny-Non-Date-February-2020
COIN
Unique 1919 Square Penny struck in Sterling Silver
QUALITY
Superb FDC
PROVENANCE
The Collection of Albert Malet Le Souef, Deputy Master Melbourne Mint, 1919 to 1926
PRICE
$295,000
COMMENTS
The Kookaburra Square Penny was planned as a new Australian coinage, a new shape, a new design and the new metal of cupro-nickel. The coins that were produced as part of this test phase were handed to dignitaries and politicians to assess their reaction. But, this particular Square Penny was never going to be passed around or handed over. It was especially struck as a collector’s item in STERLING SILVER for the personal collection of Mr. Albert Malet Le Souef, Deputy Master of the Melbourne Mint. It is unique. This coin is a numismatic prize, a trophy piece. A Square Penny depicting the Type 4 design, struck in Sterling Silver.
STATUS
Sold February 2021

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Proof-1928-Shilling-Rev-February-2021
COIN
Proof 1928 Shilling, Melbourne Mint, extremely rare with perhaps three known in private hands
QUALITY
Brilliant FDC
PROVENANCE
Ray Jewell Collection, Nobles Auction July 1993, Nobles Auction July 2000, The Madrid Collection of Australian Rare Coins
PRICE
$35,000
COMMENTS
Ray Jewell was a foremost Australian collector and a highly respected professional, his involvement in the industry spanning more than three decades. He set the bar very high when it came to collecting proofs. A coin that was owned by Ray Jewell had to be rare and had to be top quality, traits that were duly acknowledged by the broader collector market whenever his coins came up at public auction. This Proof 1928 Shilling was a crowd-pleaser and a record breaker all along the way, selling in July 1993 for $11,000 on an estimate of $4000. And in the year 2000 selling for $22,540 on a pre-auction estimate of $15,000. In 2003, this numismatic gem was sold to the owner of the Madrid Collection of Australian Rare Coins where it has remained ever since.
STATUS
Sold February 2021

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1855-Sydney-Mint-Half-Sovereign-Obv-EF-Improved-Background-January-2021
COIN
1855 Sydney Mint Half Sovereign, Australia's rarest circulating coin
QUALITY
Extremely Fine
PROVENANCE
The Dan Collection
PRICE
$165,000
COMMENTS
There is an expectation that Coinworks will always be able to provide a high-quality rare coin 'at the drop of a hat' ... that we will always have access to top quality material. While it is true for most of Australia's classic coin rarities, in the case of the nation's first half sovereign - the 1855 Sydney Mint Half Sovereign - that is a formidable, almost impossible ask. There are perhaps forty examples of the 1855 Sydney Mint Half Sovereign available to collectors which is in itself a tiny number. And of those, we deem that only three coins are problem-free and have great eye appeal and, interestingly, they have all come from noted collections. This coin is one of the three, ranked as number two in the pecking order. This is a momentous offering.
STATUS
Sold January 2021

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Proof-1924-Halfpenny-FDC-Rev-1-October-2020
COIN
Proof 1924 Halfpenny, Melbourne Mint
QUALITY
FDC, with full brilliance on both the obverse and reverse
PROVENANCE
Philip Spalding, Private Collection Sydney
PRICE
$14,500
COMMENTS
Albert Le Souef was Deputy Master of the Melbourne Mint when this Proof 1924 Halfpenny was struck. His passion for numismatics - and his commitment to quality - is somehow entrenched in the proofs out of this era. Visually this Proof 1924 Halfpenny is a stunner. We have not handled finer. The coin glows like 'molten copper', with full brilliance on the obverse and the same molten glow on the reverse. The design definition is sharp, the fields ice-smooth and highly reflective. This is proof coining at its very best. What makes a great coin even greater is that it is extremely rare. And comes with a revered provenance. This Proof 1924 Halfpenny is one of only four known and has been previously owned by the legendary Philip Spalding.
STATUS
Sold January 2021

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1930-Penny-Fine-Good-Fine-Rev-January-2021
COIN
Our Australia Day offering of a 1930 Penny with one side of the central diamond and six plump pearls in the King's crown
QUALITY
Good Fine / About Very Fine
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Melbourne
PRICE
$23,500 - our special Australia Day celebratory price
COMMENTS
Every couple of years we come across a 1930 Penny that is a genuine bargain. It doesn't happen very often, but when it does happen, we grab it with both hands knowing that Australia’s classic coin rarity is wanted at all dollar levels. And all quality levels. This 1930 Penny has one side of the central diamond and six pearls on the obverse. The reverse has strong upper and lower scrolls and complete inner beading. This is an impressive 1930 Penny offered at an even more impressive price of $23,500. Technical shots are shown below.
STATUS
Sold Australia Day 2021

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1918-Perth-Mint-Half-Sovereign-Rev-Unc-January-2021
COIN
1918 Perth Mint Half Sovereign, a rare date in supreme quality
QUALITY
Choice Uncirculated
PROVENANCE
The Montgomery Collection
PRICE
$20,000
COMMENTS
There are two aspects to this 1918 Perth Mint Half Sovereign that must be noted. The first is that the coin is presented as Choice Uncirculated. The addition of the word ‘CHOICE’ takes the quality to a level that is the absolute exception and very rarely seen. A step up from Uncirculated, the coin has satin fields and a strong strike. We remark on the strength in the rider’s leg …. an inherent area of weakness in most 1918s. The second aspect that must be noted is that the 1918 Perth Mint Half Sovereign is rare. Respected numismatic author, Greg McDonald, contends that only 200 to 300 pieces are available to collectors. This is a world class coin rarity presented in the supreme quality of Choice Uncirculated and, for the record, this coin is only the third example - in Choice Uncirculated - that we have ever handled. Also for the record, this 1918 Half Sovereign has an obverse vertical die crack that runs from the head of George V to the moustache, adding further to its appeal. (Technical shots are provided below.)
STATUS
Sold January 2021

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1918-Perth-Half-Sovereign-Rev-medium-December-2020
COIN
1918 Perth Mint Half Sovereign, the rare date in the George V Half Sovereign series
QUALITY
Uncirculated
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Melbourne
PRICE
$12,500
COMMENTS
The Perth Mint has struck many of Australia's greatest pre-decimal coin rarities, including this 1918 Half Sovereign. It is an important coin on many fronts. That Australia struck its last half sovereign in 1918 makes it a highly historical date. The coin signals the end of an era. And it is extremely rare. Respected numismatic author, Greg McDonald, contends that only 200 to 300 pieces are available to collectors. In summary, the 1918 Perth Mint Half Sovereign is an historically important coin. It is extremely rare. And is available at $12,500. Which all adds up to excellent buying. (Technical shots are provided.)
STATUS
Sold December 2020

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Cerrutty-Collins-50-Pounds-1-December-2020
NOTE
1920 Cerutty Collins Fifty Pounds, first issue with prefix/serial number Y110704
QUALITY
Good Very Fine, crisp body and strong colours
PROVENANCE
Photographed in Mick Vort Ronald’s, "Australian Banknote Pedigrees", Second Edition, page 396
PRICE
$59,000
COMMENTS
The very first issue of the Cerutty Collins Fifty Pounds occurred in 1920 - a century ago - the notes featuring a 'Y' prefix with serial numbers in the range 083846 to 176000. Which means that this fifty quid, with serial number Y110704, came from the first issue of the Cerutty Collins Fifty Pounds. FIRST ISSUE. Two words that are music to a banknote collector’s ears. Now add another two words that are particularly special to collectors. EXTREMELY RARE for only three other examples out of the first issue of the Cerutty Collins Fifty Pounds exist. A validation of the respect held for this note, it is photographed in Mick Vort Ronald’s reference book, Australian Banknote Pedigrees, Second Edition, page 396.
STATUS
Sold December 2020


Proof-1951-Federation-Florin-Rev-medium-November-2020
COIN
Proof 1901/51 Federation Florin struck at the Royal Mint London and one of three held in private collections
QUALITY
FDC
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Queensland
PRICE
$50,000
COMMENTS
This Proof 1901/1951 Florin was struck as a presentation piece at the Royal Mint London as the prototype of Australia’s newly designed Federation florin. Extremely rare, three are held by private collectors and this coin is one of the three. A fourth is held in the Museum of Victoria, acquired by the museum in 1986, the salient point here being that it was bought by (and not gifted to) the museum. There is one thing we know for sure about Australian museums and public institutions and their coin acquisitions. They hardly ever go out into a collector environment and buy inventory unless the piece is integral to Australia’s national story. And the Proof 1901/1951 Federation Florin was integral to the museum's story and integral to our national story.
STATUS
Sold December 2020

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Proof-1927-Florin-photo1-Rev
COIN
Proof 1927 Canberra Florin
QUALITY
Superb FDC
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Melbourne
PRICE
BLACK FRIDAY 30% DISCOUNTED PRICE OF $17,500 (NORMAL RRP $25,000)
COMMENTS
You are in no doubt when you view this 1927 Florin that it is indeed a PROOF 1927 Canberra Florin. The silver fields are like mirrors. They sparkle reflecting the light and are the perfect backdrop to the regal design of Parliament House on the reverse and King George V on the obverse. There is magnificent pale peach toning on the periphery of the obverse. And a hint of same on the reverse. This is a superb proof striking from the Melbourne Mint celebrating the opening of Parliament House in Canberra.
STATUS
Sold BLACK FRIDAY 2020

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Proof-1924-Shilling-Rev-July-2020
COIN
Proof 1924 Shilling, Melbourne Mint. Of the highest rarity as one of only three known.
QUALITY
Superb FDC
PROVENANCE
Philip Spalding
PRICE
$22,500
COMMENTS
Mr A. M. Le Souef was Deputy Master of the Melbourne Mint when this Proof 1924 Shilling was struck ... and doesn't it show. The coin was not struck for collectors as part of any mass-marketing sales campaign. It was struck for the mint's archives and the privileged few and Le Souef would have been the impetus behind the strike. Because it was a specially arranged striking of proof quality presentation pieces, only a handful were struck. The original silver blanks were hand selected and polished to achieve a dazzling mirror shine. Furthermore, the coin has strong striations in the fields indicating that the dies were heavily brushed and well prepared. Strong striations in the fields equate to a brilliant strike and this is indeed the case with this coin. Over and above its brilliant strike, this coin is well preserved and has obviously been cherished in the intervening years. We note that it bears the name Philip Spalding as one of its former owners.
STATUS
Sold November 2020

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1930-Penny-gVF-Rev-October-2020
COIN
1930 Penny, with a complete central diamond and strong evidence of the seventh and eighth pearls. As such, one of the best.
QUALITY
Good Very Fine
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Melbourne
PRICE
$65,000
COMMENTS
This coin is for the buyer that is seeking a supreme quality 1930 Penny. On the obverse, the coin has a full central diamond and strong evidence of the rarely seen seventh and eighth pearls. The reverse is equally impressive with well-defined inner beading, crisp upper and lower scrolls and a strong '1930' date. On both obverse and reverse, the toning is even and handsome. The fields show minimal signs of circulation and are smooth. We would place this coin in the top five per cent of surviving examples. Now, it is a fact that the most frequently sighted 1930 Penny is a well circulated Fine. This coin, at Good Very Fine, is at least five grades higher. A 1930 Penny at this quality level would be offered on the market, perhaps once every few years. And this great coin rarity is available now. Already have a 1930 Penny? Then consider trading it back as part-payment on this stunning coin. Technical photos of both obverse and reverse are provided below.
STATUS
Sold November 2020

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1930-Penny-Fine-plus-Very-Fine-Rev-1-October-2020
COIN
1930 Penny and our added bonus of a Choice Uncirculated Melbourne Mint 1930 Sovereign
QUALITY
Fine-plus / Very Fine
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Queensland
PRICE
$27,500
COMMENTS
This 1930 Penny is very impressive. It is a classy coin. The edges are complete and the important design details such as the upper and lower scrolls, the inner beading that circles the value of ‘ONE PENNY’, the legend and the date ‘1930’ are all prominent. And the toning is a consistent and handsome chestnut brown. Take up a magnifying glass and you notice that the fields on both obverse and reverse show minimal signs of circulation. And while the quality should be enough to gain buyer attention, the gifting of a Choice Uncirculated Melbourne Mint 1930 Sovereign makes this 1930 Penny irresistible buying. Technical shots are provided below.
STATUS
Sold November 2020

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1813-Dump-A1-aVF-Rev-October-2020
COIN
1813 Dump, a classic example of the nation's first coin offered at an attractive price
QUALITY
About Very Fine
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Victoria
PRICE
$20,000
COMMENTS
Governor Lachan Macquarie enlisted the services of convicted forger William Henshall to carry out the role of Australia's first mint master. Henshall manufactured the nation's first coins in 1813, a Fifteen Pence and a Five Shillings. We know them today as the Dump and the Holey Dollar. For the buyer that is keen to grab a piece of Australian history and acquire an 1813 Dump, we offer six reasons why this coin is worth owning. At About Very Fine this Dump is, quality-wise, well above average. The design is well centred, the legend and crown clear and legible. Importantly, the edge denticles are complete. The oblique milling (a deterrent for clipping) is fully evident. Henshall's mark of his initials 'H' is present. And the sixth reason to own this coin? That has got to be the price, for this 1813 Dump is offered at the very attractive price of $20,000.
STATUS
Sold November 2020

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1855-Taylor-Pattern-Silver-Sixpence-Rev-FDC-1-October-2020
COIN
Circa 1855 Kangaroo Office Sixpence struck in silver, plain edge
QUALITY
Choice Uncirculated with superbly toned proof-like iridescent surfaces.
PROVENANCE
Barrie Winsor 2007, Private Collection Victoria
PRICE
$35,000
COMMENTS
History has judged British entrepreneur William Taylor a 'big noter'. He aspired to own and operate a private mint in Melbourne and create a new gold coinage for the colonies. The mint was called the Kangaroo Office and opened in 1854. Taylor ultimately embraced other metals and struck coins in silver and copper, aluminium and even pewter. Taylor’s coins were described in the Numismatic Chronicle of 1864 as “An interesting record of what the most prosperous colony England has ever founded intended as their national coinage." The coins issued by the Kangaroo Office are great colonial rarities and have been owned by leading international collectors, the U.K.'s Hyman Montague, Egypt's King Farouk and America's John Jay Pitman. And respected local collectors include Philip Spalding and Tom Hadley, of Quartermaster fame. We can certainly attest to their rarity having sold only two plain edged Silver Kangaroo Office Sixpences over the last twenty years.
STATUS
Sold October 2020

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$10-Phillip-Randall-Star-Rev-June-2020
NOTE
1968 Phillips Randall First Prefix Ten Dollar Star Note (R303SF)
QUALITY
Uncirculated
PROVENANCE
Private Collection W.A.
PRICE
$9500
COMMENTS
This Ten Dollar Phillips Randall banknote has the prefix/serial number ZSF 16769*. Key points of this banknote are as follows. The six-pointed asterisk indicates that it is an especially printed Star replacement note. The prefix ZSF indicates that this note was printed in the very first print run of Phillips Randall Ten Dollar Star Notes and that makes this note particularly important. Brilliantly preserved, the note is offered in Uncirculated quality. FIRST PREFIX and UNCIRCULATED. Three words that are music to a banknote collector’s ears. Now, let us add another two words that are particularly special to collectors. EXTREMELY RARE for fewer than ten comparable quality first prefix Phillips Randall Ten Dollar ‘stars’ have come onto the market over the last twenty years.
STATUS
Sold October 2020


Proof-1932-Halfpenny-rev-September-2020
COIN
Proof 1932 Halfpenny, Melbourne Mint
QUALITY
FDC, a magnificent strike and stunning mirror-like fields
PROVENANCE
Nobles Auction August 1999
PRICE
$18,500
COMMENTS
This Proof 1932 Halfpenny was first publicly offered at auction in August 1999. Auctioned as lot 3183, the appearance of both the Proof 1932 Halfpenny and its higher denomination counterpart, the Proof 1932 Penny, instigated frenetic bidding, the halfpenny selling for nearly forty per cent above its pre-auction estimate. This coin has all the hallmarks of proof coining. Glossy square edges. Superb mirror-like fields on both obverse and reverse, the opaline colours emanating from the reverse are in particular simply glorious. Extremely rare, this coin is one of only two known examples of the Proof 1932 Halfpenny, this being the finer of the two.
STATUS
Sold September 2020

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1774-Two-Reales-Head-September-2020
COIN
Unique 1774 Two Reales struck at the Lima Mint Peru and counter stamped 'T. Knight'.
QUALITY
Fine
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Sydney
PRICE
$ 17,500
COMMENTS
If only this coin could talk. This Spanish Two Reales began its life in 1774 at the Lima Mint in Peru and features the portrait of the Spanish King Charles III. Somehow it ended up nearly 13,000 kilometers away in the penal colony of New South Wales and was formally counter stamped with the name of the mysterious 'T. Knight'. And it is the counter stamp that clearly identifies this piece as having circulated in the colony and confirms its status as a coin from the Proclamation era. Furthermore, this piece is unique.
STATUS
Sold September 2020

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1928-Penny-Reverse-August-2019
COIN
Proof 1928 Penny, Melbourne Mint
QUALITY
FDC, a brilliant proof and almost full mint red
PROVENANCE