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1855 Sydney Mint Sovereign EF obv B&B May 2018
COIN
1855 Sydney Mint Sovereign
QUALITY
Extremely Fine
PROVENANCE
The Turner Collection
PRICE
$18,000
COMMENTS
Every collector that embraces the Australian sovereign series will at some point in time contemplate the purchase of an 1855 Sydney Mint Sovereign. That’s understandable given that it is the nation’s very first sovereign. Two matters will be foremost in a buyer’s mind. A budget. And the quality that those dollars will deliver. But there is another consideration for potential buyers of the 1855 Sydney Mint Sovereign and that’s availability. For while well circulated examples are reasonably readily available, coins such as this Extremely Fine ’55 sovereign are genuinely scarce. More than 12 months have elapsed since we last offered a ’55 sovereign at this quality level. This coin is rare. Technical shots have been included in the READ MORE section.
STATUS
Sold May 2018.

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1887M Young Head Shield Sovereign tech 2 obv May 2018
COIN
1887 Young Head Shield Sovereign, Melbourne Mint
QUALITY
Brilliant Uncirculated
PROVENANCE
Robert Jaggard, Paul Terry, Tom Hadley (Quartermaster Collection)
PRICE
$35,000
COMMENTS
Barrie Winsor spent more than 20 years forming the Quartermaster Collection for Queensland collector, Tom Hadley. Included in the Quartermaster Collection, this Brilliant Uncirculated 1887M Young Head Shield Sovereign. Despite the fact that Winsor's ties to the Collection effectively ceased in 2009 when the Quartermaster Collection was sold at auction, the extraordinary quality traits of this coin remained firmly imprinted in his memory. So when Winsor heard that we had acquired some coins from the Quartermaster Collection, the very first question he asked us was whether our purchases included the '1887M Shield Sov.' It is an exceptional quality gold sovereign and according to Winsor, the finest known example with a highly detailed striking (notice the kiss-curl in front of the ear), perfect edges and satin fields. To the naked eye you would be forgiven for thinking that it was a matte proof.
STATUS
Sold May 2018.

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1921 Square Penny Type 11 rev Large B&B February 2018
COIN
1921 Square Penny Type 11
QUALITY
Choice Uncirculated
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Victoria
PRICE
$50,000
COMMENTS
This 1921 Square Penny must have become a prized collectable soon after it was minted for it has uncompromised quality with proof like surfaces, handsome toning and a deeply etched design of a sleek kookaburra resting on a twig. We refer to the design as the Type 11 and it is presented in Choice Uncirculated quality. It is at this point we ask the question … how often do you see the two words ‘Choice Uncirculated’ attached to a Square Penny? The answer is rarely. In fact, we checked back through our records and can confirm that we have only ever sold two Choice Uncirculated Type 11s in more than 40-plus years of trading and this coin is one of the two. In our view, this Square Penny is the perfect starting point for the buyer keen to acquire a Kookaburra Penny. Optimum quality, extreme rarity but at a price that is palatable.
STATUS
Sold May 2018.

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1813 Holey Dollar 1793 Spanish Dollar good Fine obv May 2018
COIN
1813 Holey Dollar
QUALITY
Good Fine
PROVENANCE
The Turner Collection
PRICE
$95,000
COMMENTS
The pride and joy of owning the nation’s first coin, the 1813 Holey Dollar, is indefinable and for many Australian coin collectors it is their ultimate goal. The coin is extremely rare with less than 200 available to private collectors. Given its scarcity, and its significance to the nation, it also is highly valued. So finding a quality Holey Dollar priced below the $100,000 level is no easy task ... which is why we believe this coin is so special. Technical shots are available in the READ MORE section.
STATUS
Sold May 2018.

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1930 Penny good Ef rev PP March 2018
COIN
1930 Penny
QUALITY
Good Extremely Fine
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Melbourne
PRICE
$150,000
COMMENTS
This coin is for the buyer that is seeking one of the absolute finest examples of Australia’s famous 1930 Penny. We rate it as number THREE in the pecking order of known 1930 Pennies. The enormity of this offer becomes clear when you consider that there are quite likely one thousand (or more) 1930 Pennies in existence today. Given the clear and defining quality traits of this piece, it is in every respect a ‘miracle’ coin. READ MORE for technical shots of both obverse and reverse and more information.
STATUS
Sold April 2018.

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1918P Half Sovereign Ch Unc Large rev April 2018
COIN
1918 Perth Mint Half Sovereign
QUALITY
Choice Uncirculated
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Melbourne
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 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 with less than 300 believed in existence across all ranges of quality. This is a world class coin rarity presented in the supreme quality of Choice Uncirculated and, for the record, is only the second Choice Uncirculated example we have ever handled. (Technical shots are provided in the READ MORE section.)
STATUS
Sold April 2018.

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1930 Penny good Fine rev Large March 2018
COIN
1930 Penny
QUALITY
About Very Fine
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Melbourne
PRICE
$29,500 (normal RRP $34,500).
COMMENTS
The 1930 Penny is legendary, and its star status has made it one of Australia's most valuable rare coins. Because the dollars involved in acquiring a 1930 Penny are considerable, we offer one very basic tip for buyers to assist them in their decision-making process. Select a 1930 Penny that is visually very attractive and has no obvious defects from its time in circulation. This simple point will really count when, further down the track, it comes time for you to sell your coin and realise on your investment. The 1930 Penny that we have for sale fits that profile in every respect and is as per the photographs above and at right. The coin has a technical obverse grading of About Very Fine. The reverse is graded similarly with strong upper and lower scrolls and immaculate inner beading. In a presentation befitting the coin, this 1930 Penny is presented in a handsome black presentation case, with accompanying photographs and Certificate of Authenticity. (Technical shots are provided in READ MORE.)
STATUS
Sold April 2018

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1813 Holey Dollar Charles III 1788 Mexico rev Large about EF March PP 2018
COIN
1813 Holey Dollar struck from a Charles III, 1788 Mexico Mint Spanish Silver Dollar.
QUALITY
Original Spanish Silver Dollar: about Extremely Fine. Counter stamps: about Extremely Fine.
PROVENANCE
Montagu Collection.
PRICE
$450,000
COMMENTS
There is no doubt that the year 1788 is significant to all Australians for it is the year in which Australia was settled. But there is another aspect to the date 1788. Charles III was the reigning monarch in 1788 and Holey Dollars struck from Charles III Spanish Silver Dollars are extremely rare. Statistically we know that approximately 13 per cent of Holey Dollars held by collectors depict the portrait of Charles III. (Charles IIII is depicted on approximately 77 per cent.)
STATUS
Sold March 2018

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1920 Type 10 Square Penny obv large banner February 2018
COIN
1920 Square Penny Type 10
QUALITY
Uncirculated
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Sydney
PRICE
$295,000
COMMENTS
That currency reflects the mood of a nation – and the agenda of a Government - is never more evident than with the Square Penny and Halfpenny series and its mooted introduction in 1919.
STATUS
Sold March 2018

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1926 Sydney Sovereign REV PP March
COIN
1926 Sydney Sovereign
QUALITY
Choice Uncirculated
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Melbourne
PRICE
$85,000
COMMENTS
The 1926 Sydney Sovereign marks the end of an era of minting history at the Sydney Mint. The coin was struck in the very last year of the mint's operations and symbolic as such. In today's collector market it is extremely rare, almost the entire mintage believed despatched overseas in payment of war debt. This is the very first time that we have offered a Choice Uncirculated 1926 Sydney Sovereign. The coin warrants this quality assignation for the design is sharp and the fields superb. A full blazing gem. In fact, to our knowledge this is the first time a 1926 Sydney Sovereign of this calibre has been offered in Australia. In saying that we reflect on the fact that we have handled - and sold - two out of the three known Specimen 1926 Sydney Sovereigns that were struck as presentation pieces. This coin further fuels the discussion that has been waged for decades. Which is the rarer of the two? A Proof (or specimen) gold sovereign struck in a restricted mintage in a highly controlled environment? Or one that was struck for circulation and has somehow managed to survive the minting process and be preserved in choice condition? We will let you be the judge. See READ MORE for technical shots of both obverse and reverse.
STATUS
Sold March 2018.

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£5 and $5 B&B February 2018
NOTE
Reserve Bank of Australia Rare Collector Editions. Officially numbered 390.
QUALITY
Uncirculated. Direct from Government Archives
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Perth
PRICE
$9,500 (for the two collections)
COMMENTS
The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) obviously felt that the nation's changeover to decimal currency was an event worth commemorating when it released two coveted collections, the first in 1991 and the second in 1994. Each collection represented the phases that the public underwent to become decimal banknote savvy. In both collections, buyers were offered banknotes, from Government Archives, notes numbered below 1000 and which had never before been made available to the general public. If the term 'Government Guarantee' can be applied to the quality of a numismatic product … then this is it.
STATUS
Sold March 2018

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1958 PDP Set B&B February 2018
COIN
1958 Melbourne Mint Proof Set
QUALITY
FDC
PROVENANCE
Private Collection NSW
PRICE
$4,500
COMMENTS
This 1958 Melbourne Mint Proof Set is as good as it gets. A stunning proof penny that is a full blazing orange. And four glistening silver proofs, the florin, shilling, sixpence and threepence. This is an investment quality proof set that was struck at the Melbourne Mint in 1958. Dare we remind you that this set was struck sixty years ago. Brilliantly preserved, it offers today's collectors a level of quality that is seldom seen. Superb quality. Limited mintage. Supremely affordable.
STATUS
Sold February 2018

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1852 Adelaide Pound Type II EF obv B&B January 2018
COIN
1852 Adelaide Pound Type II
QUALITY
Extremely Fine
PRICE
$29,500
COMMENTS
The 1852 Adelaide Pound was struck at the Government Assay Office in Adelaide from 22 carat gold brought from the Victorian goldfields. It is the nation's very first gold coin. The first tip for buyers of Adelaide Pounds is to work through a budget beacuse the coins come in a range of qualities and a range of prices. The second tip for buyers. Irrespective of the budget, always select an Adelaide Pound that is visually very attractive. Take in the design elements, the crown in particular. Take a close look at the legend, the edges and the fields. Bottom line is that you should acquire a coin that you would be proud to show your family and friends. The coin that we are offering fits those protocols perfectly and is as per the photographs above and at right.
STATUS
Sold February 2018

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1919 Square Penny Type 6 rev Large B&B February 2018
COIN
1919 Type 6 Square Penny
QUALITY
Choice Uncirculated
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Victoria
PRICE
$125,000
COMMENTS
Over the last forty six years, we have recorded the sale of four examples of the 1919 Type 6 Square Penny, this coin being one of them. The photographs tell a complete story with this coin. It is, in our view, the absolute finest of its design type. We would go one step further to say that it is perhaps the finest example of any Square Penny (of any design) that we have seen. It is that good. Pale blue golden toning, brilliant mirror surfaces and a deeply etched design. And the edges are superb. No surprise therefore that the coin was chosen as the representative example of its type in the 'Kookas in the Cathedral' Exhibition held at the ANZ Bank in 2007. We ask the question just how often you see the assignation ‘Choice Uncirculated’ ascribed to a Square Penny.
STATUS
Sold February 2018

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1919 Square Penny Type 9 Rev B&B February 2018
COIN
1920 Square Penny Type 9
QUALITY
Choice Uncirculated
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Victoria
PRICE
$135,000
COMMENTS
An extremely rare piece, we have recorded the sale of only three 1920 Type 9 Square Pennies over the last 46 years, this coin being one of them. This particular Type 9 is distinctively brilliant for quality: the very reason why it was displayed at the ‘Kookas in the Cathedral’ Exhibition in Melbourne, in 2007. Proof-like on both obverse and reverse, the obverse in particular has handsome golden toning. A strong statement given that the 1920 dated coins are noted for dull surfaces and inconsistencies in their toning. (Even the Type 9 that was offered several years ago at auction from the Melbourne Museum Collection was noted as having a serious metal flaw.) The Type 9 Square Penny is fondly referred to as the 'Square Legend Kooka', for it features a square legend on the obverse, instead of the circular style used in the Type 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11 and 12. It is the rarity and the distinct square legend style that has made this coin inordinately popular with collectors and investors.
STATUS
Sold February 2018

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1919 Square Penny Type 5 Rev B&B February 2018
COIN
1919 Square Penny Type 5
QUALITY
Uncirculated
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Victoria
PRICE
$115,000
COMMENTS
An extremely rare piece, we have recorded the sale of only three 1919 Type 5 Square Pennies over the last 46 years, this coin being one of them. There is however another aspect to the Type 5 that adds to its collector appeal. It has a unique design. No other Square Penny bears the kookaburra design of the Type 5. This coin has a deeply etched design, smooth fields and attractive toning. And was chosen as the representative example of its type in the 'Kookas in the Cathedral' Exhibition held at the ANZ Bank in 2007. That great collectors only ever own great coins is evidenced in this piece. We note that it was once held in the famed Osborne Collection.
STATUS
Sold February 2018

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1919 Square Penny Type 3 Rev B&B February 2018
COIN
1919 Square Penny Type 3
QUALITY
Choice Uncirculated
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Victoria
PRICE
$55,000
COMMENTS
Over the last forty six years, we have sold six examples of the 1919 Type 3 Square Penny, this coin being one of them. And that's not sales per year. That is the total number of coins sold over a period of forty-plus years. When you take on board the text relating to the 1919 Type 5 and 1919 Type 6 Square Pennies it is clear that the Type 3 is the more readily available out of those coins struck in 1919. And that's completely OK. The coin is still extremely rare in the market place (compare it to the availability of the 1930 Penny) but comes at a price that is palatable for the majority of collectors. To add further to its appeal, the Type 3 has a unique design. No other Square Penny bears the kookaburra design of the Type 3. This Type 3 Square Penny has superb quality traits: proof-like surfaces and pale toning: the very reason why it was displayed in Melbourne in 2007 at the ’Kookas in the Cathedral’ Exhibition.
STATUS
Sold February 2018

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1921 Square Halfpenny Type 2 Rev B&B February 2018
COIN
1921 Type 2 Square Halfpenny
QUALITY
Uncirculated
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Victoria
PRICE
$115,000
COMMENTS
The Square Penny collector that aspires to completion will, at some stage, have to contemplate the purchase of a Square Halfpenny. And herein lies a difficulty for there are NOT a lot of options when it comes to the Square Halfpennies. The coins were struck in only two years, they being 1920 and 1921, immediately limiting the choices. The 1920 Square Halfpenny is known by only three examples and is a $300,000-plus item. Which is why the 1921 Square Halfpenny is so popular. The coin is still extremely rare. (We would estimate that perhaps nine to ten examples are known.) And it is, relatively speaking, reasonably priced. This is a well detailed 1921 Square Halfpenny with light streaky toning.
STATUS
Sold February 2018

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SN 7025 SILVER FOUR BITS rev B&B February 2018
COIN
1814, Cut Third Segment of a Charles IIII Silver Dollar, British Caribbean colony of Grenada
QUALITY
Good Very Fine
PROVENANCE
Barrie Winsor Collection
PRICE
$10,500
COMMENTS
An extremely rare, cut Third segment of a Spanish Silver Dollar counter stamped on the obverse and from the esteemed Pridmore Collection. A Government Proclamation on 2 November 1814 ordered that 7,920 Spanish Dollars, be expressly imported to be cut up and put into circulation. The cut segments were counter stamped on the obverse with ‘TR’, ‘G’ and ‘4’: the TR relates to the moneyer, the G for Grenada. And the 4 for the value of 4 Bitts. Testimony to its rarity and collector appeal, this coin sold for $7,700 on an estimate of $2,500 in 2007.
STATUS
Sold January 2018

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171205-584 St Vincent Half Dollar B&B February 2018
COIN
1797, Cut Half Dollar of a Charles III Silver Dollar, British Caribbean colony of St. Vincent.
QUALITY
Very Fine
PROVENANCE
Barrie Winsor Collection
PRICE
$8,500
COMMENTS
This is an extremely rare cut half segment of a Charles III Spanish Silver Dollar, counter stamped SV (St. Vincent) three times within a plain rectangular indent with bevelled corners. On 8 December 1797, an Act was introduced to prohibit and control the importation of counterfeit coins into the colony of St. Vincent. The Act also aimed to regulate and legitimise the currency by overstamping cut dollars with the stamp 'SV'. The Act saw the formation of a Committee to oversee the stamping of the half dollars. The Committee was required to affix the stamp SV within 30 days of the passing of the Act. The Committee was also charged with the responsibility of punishing counterfeiters.
STATUS
Sold January 2018

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SN 7110 1786 CSTAMPED 8 REALES obv B&B February 2018
COIN
1786 Lima Mint Charles III Spanish Silver Dollar.
QUALITY
Good Very Fine
PROVENANCE
Barrie Winsor Collection
PRICE
$550
COMMENTS
This Spanish Silver Dollar was struck at the Lima Mint, Peru, in 1786 and features the portrait of the Spanish King, Charles III. Highly lustrous, the coin has original mint bloom on the reverse. Historians have a fascinating insight into the extensive practice of counter stamping Spanish Silver Dollars in the 18th century with this piece. The counter stamp ‘DC‘ on the obverse in a plain rectangular indent is unpublished. There is some suggestion that it may have been used in the Danish Colonies of India. (Denmark held colonial possessions in India for more than two centuries.)
STATUS
Sold January 2018

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SN 7026 & 7030B B&B February 2018
COIN
Cut centre segment of a Spanish Silver Dollar, British colony of Tobago 1798.
QUALITY
Good Very Fine
PROVENANCE
Barrie Winsor Collection
PRICE
$4,800
COMMENTS
Very rare. A centre segment of a Spanish Silver Dollar stamped on the obverse with a script ‘T’ (shown above left), a pellet at centre and radiating design. This cut silver dollar was issued in response to the passing of a Currency Act in Tobago on the 17 August, 1798.
STATUS
Sold January 2018

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1930 Penny good Fine - about Very Fine rev September 2017
COIN
1930 Penny
QUALITY
Good Fine / nearly Very Fine
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Melbourne
PRICE
$25,000
COMMENTS
The 1930 Penny is legendary and its star status has made it one of Australia's most valuable rare coins. The prime rule in selecting a 1930 Penny is to pick a coin that is visually very attractive. Acquire a piece that you would be proud to show your family and friends, one that has an heirloom feel about it. The 1930 Penny that we have for sale fits that profile in every respect and is as per the photographs above and at right.
STATUS
Sold January 2018

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1923 Sydney Mint Specimen Sovereign rev B&B October 2017
COIN
1923 Specimen Sovereign Sydney Mint
QUALITY
Superb FDC
PROVENANCE
Quartermaster Collection
PRICE
$85,000
COMMENTS
This 1923 Specimen Sovereign is one of two held by private collectors and comes from a fabulous era in numismatics, the twenties. Furthermore it is superbly struck and is sold with the ‘Quartermaster’ tag. It does not get much better than that. While it is a fact that in accumulating the Quartermaster Collection, Tom Hadley’s focus was primarily on circulating coinage, he also had a strong interest in Australian proof and specimen gold rarities, attracted by their quality and extreme rarity. One coin of which was this stunning 1923 Specimen quality Sydney Mint Sovereign. That he chose to acquire this coin and place it alongside his million-dollar 1920 Sydney Mint Proof Sovereign speaks volumes on the quality and rarity of this coin and the respect with which it was held.
STATUS
Sold December 2017.

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1813 Colonial Dump Fine small B&B October
COIN
1813 Dump
QUALITY
Fine
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Melbourne
PRICE
$18,000
COMMENTS
A coin does not have to be ‘the finest known’ to appeal to us for we recognise that there is a market for the 1813 Dump at all quality levels and all dollar levels. When William Henshall created the nation's first coin, the 1813 Dump, he punched a hole into a Spanish Silver Dollar. The Dump was the centre piece that fell out of the Dollar, over stamped with its value of fifteen pence, date of 1813, a crown and the issuing authority of New South Wales. While we acknowledge this coin has undergone circulation (if only it could talk) it has all the details that define an 1813 Dump and clearly reflects its origins by showing the design of the original Spanish Dollar from which it was created; a much sought after and seldom seen quality. This is an affordable example of Henshall’s masterpiece, struck with the A/1 dies, offered at a price that won’t break the bank.
STATUS
Sold December 2017

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1813 Dump aVF VF date B&B November 2017
COIN
1813 Dump
QUALITY
About Very Fine / Very Fine
PROVENANCE
Private Collection 2007
PRICE
$27,500
COMMENTS
Let’s be clear. A coin doesn’t have to be uncirculated to appeal to us. We are the first to acknowledge that Australia’s classic coin rarities are in demand at all quality levels and at all dollar levels. However we also acknowledge that it's not easy to come across circulated examples that fit our selection criteria … which is why we are so excited about this particular 1813 Colonial Dump. The coin has all of the technical and aesthetic attributes that a collector could wish for but without the hefty price tag. We have graded the reverse of this Dump at About Very Fine with the obverse higher again at Very Fine. That’s at least two grades higher than your average example. The Dump with a value of fifteen pence circulated widely in the colony the very reason why most of them are found today with minimal design attributes, harsh gouges and knocks and many are noted as having been submerged in water, developing porous surfaces. Not so with this coin. It is a beauty.
STATUS
Sold November 2017

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1861 Sydney Mint Sov OBV October B&B
COIN
1861 Sydney Mint Sovereign
QUALITY
Choice Uncirculated
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Melbourne
PRICE
$ 15,000
COMMENTS
From the moment this 1861 Sydney Mint Sovereign was struck, it was destined to become a prized collector piece. The striking is sharp and the design highly detailed. Given that this coin was struck more than a century ago in the factory-like conditions of the nation’s first mint, the Sydney Mint, makes it all the more remarkable. Furthermore, it has been brilliantly preserved. The coin was presented to us painstakingly wrapped up into a minute parcel in tissue paper and had been hidden away for decades. The surfaces are superb, the edges intact. The coin still shows its original lustre. This is a rare date Sydney Mint Type II sovereign offered in the ultimate quality of Choice Uncirculated. It is a stand-alone investment piece. It also is the perfect option for the collector seeking to complete a portrait set of Australia’s sovereigns 1855 to 1931. For more information on this coin. And to discover the opportunities that a portrait set presents … READ MORE.
STATUS
Sold November 2017

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1921 Square Penny OBV B&B October 2017
COIN
1921 Square Penny Type 12
QUALITY
Choice Uncirculated
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Victoria
PRICE
$45,000
COMMENTS
We invite you to scrutinise the obverse and reverse of this amazing 1921 Square Penny. It is an ‘exceptional’ quality piece and we particularly like the inclusion of the word ‘exceptional’ here. The coin has impeccable satin fields, a strong design and legend and perfect edges. It is a fact that Square Pennies are scarce. But it also is a fact that they are extremely difficult coins to find in premium quality. Consider this 1921 Square Penny. It has a quality rating of Choice Uncirculated and we ask the question how often do you see that attached to a Square Penny? The answer is not very often. We can count on the fingers of two hands the number of Choice Uncirculated 1921 Square Pennies that we have handled over an entire professional career. The reason is simply that the Square Pennies were test pieces and were not struck to the exacting standards of proof coining. Given to dignitaries to assess their reaction, there was no packaging and we know that not every dignitary was a collector and would have handled them with care. Given the outstanding quality traits of this coin we can only assume that this Square Penny must have become a prized collectable very early on its life.
STATUS
Sold November 2017

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1927 Proof Canberra Florin REV B&B October 2017
COIN
1927 Proof Canberra Florin
QUALITY
Gem FDC
PROVENANCE
A. H. Baldwin.
PRICE
$45,000
COMMENTS
We have built our reputation for handling the very best Australian coins by having pieces such as this 1927 Proof Canberra Florin in our ‘stable of prized rarities’. In our view, this coin is the absolute finest Canberra Florin of them all and over the past forty years we have controlled this coin’s destiny by always placing it with a Coinworks client. To the naked eye this 1927 Proof Canberra Florin is an absolute stunner. And taking it under the glass only re-confirms its absolutely, sensational state. It passes the closest scrutiny. The Baldwin florins are reputed to have been hand-picked by Baldwin himself at the Melbourne Mint in 1927. The coins are lauded as having perfection in the blanks, super smooth. Ice like. The perfection continues in the edges. And they possess the most magnificent pink / violet hue which is believed related to their original storage in Baldwin’s vaults. One of our clients, a former owner, saw it on display at our stand at the recent Sydney Money Expo. Not having owned it for more than fifteen years, she could still identify the coin as being once part of her collection. Testimony to the coin’s unforgettable attributes.
STATUS
Sold November 2017.

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1920 Type 7 Square Penny Unc obv September 2017
COIN
1920 Square Penny Type 7
QUALITY
Uncirculated
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Melbourne
PRICE
$ 60,000
COMMENTS
There is one date within the Square Penny series that always triggers our interest, and that is 1920. While all Square Pennies are rare, with appearances on the market that can be counted on the fingers of one hand, those dated 1920 are particularly scarce. Take this coin for example. It is a world class rarity. We estimate that perhaps twelve examples of the Type 7 Square Penny are available to collectors. So, in terms of accessibility, what does that mean? The buyer that passes on this coin will more than likely wait at least one to two years for another example to come onto the market. Such rarity has earned the 1920 dated Square Pennies the title of the glamour coins of the series. And the very reason why they always command our attention. This 1920 Type 7 Square Penny has been well struck, the edges are uniform and the design highly detailed. Visually impactful, the coin has superb proof-like surfaces, most unusual for a coin struck from cupro-nickel.
STATUS
Sold December 2017

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1852 Adelaide Pound goodEF rev September 2017
COIN
1852 Adelaide Pound
QUALITY
good Extremely Fine
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Perth
PRICE
$ 32,500
COMMENTS
The 1852 Adelaide Pound is the nation’s first gold coin, struck at the Government Assay Office in Adelaide. For most Australian rare coin collectors, acquiring an Adelaide Pound fulfils a lifetime’s ambition. The first tip for buyers of Adelaide Pounds is to work through a budget because the coins come in a range of qualities and a range of prices. Irrespective of the budget, buyers should always select an Adelaide Pound that is visually very attractive. Take in the design elements, the crown in particular. Take a close look at the edges, the fields and the legend. Bottom line here, is that you should acquire a piece that you would be proud to show your family and friends, one that has an heirloom feel about it. The coin that we have for sale fits those protocols perfectly and is as per the photographs above and at right.
STATUS
Sold October 2017

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1930 Penny Nearly Very Fine rev September 2017
COIN
1930 Penny
QUALITY
Nearly Very Fine
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Melbourne
PRICE
$35,000
COMMENTS
This 1930 Penny is a cut above those most commonly found and is graded Nearly Very Fine with an almost complete central diamond and six clear and plump pearls in the crown. The reverse is graded similarly and has strong upper and lower scrolls. Handsome chestnut toning, glossy fields, a strong ‘1930’ date, this coin will make owning an example of Australia’s most famous copper rarity a reality for just one buyer. It is a coin that you will be proud to show your family and friends. And price watchers will note that it is being offered at a very advantageous price.
STATUS
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1956 Perth Proof Penny rev B&B October 2017
COIN
1956 Proof Penny Perth Mint
QUALITY
Superb FDC
PROVENANCE
Private Collector Melbourne
PRICE
$22,000
COMMENTS
This 1956 Proof Penny was struck at the Perth Mint as a limited mintage collector’s item and was never intended to be used in every-day use, much less jingle in a pocket. And doesn’t it show. The coin is a solid, blazing orange with impeccable surfaces and presents quality that is impossible to improve upon. The mintage of the 1956 Perth Proof Penny is a meagre 417 making it one of the least available in the series of proofs 1955 to 1963. And while the smallest mintage in the series is the 1955 Perth Mint Proof Penny and Halfpenny with a mintage of 301, for us and in our quest for top quality the 1956 Perth Penny is by far the hardest to find. We regard it as the key date. As a closing comment. Last month we sold a Collection of Melbourne Proof coins. The coins were stunning and the response to our offer was overwhelming; the set could have sold three times over. This 1956 Proof Penny was held by the very same client.
STATUS
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Complete Collection 1957 – 1963 Perth Mint Copper Proofs
COIN
Complete Collection 1957 – 1963 Perth Mint Copper Proofs
QUALITY
FDC
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Perth
PRICE
Available individually - Read More
COMMENTS
The Perth proofs come high on our list of recommendations to clients. So high that when Melbourne journalist Anthony Black asked Coinworks to list ten coin rarities that were priced below $ 10,000 - and were destined for growth – the Perth Mint proofs struck between 1957 and 1963 were at the very top of our list. Available individually. The option is yours to select.
STATUS
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1896 £1 SPEC REV  170306-837
NOTE
1896 Western Australian Bank One Pound
QUALITY
Specimen
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Perth
PRICE
$6,500
COMMENTS
Western Australia’s history is unique. Unlike New South Wales and Tasmania the colony at the Swan River was founded exclusively for private settlement. And not as a penal colony. It’s geographical separation from the eastern states fostered local investment, the Western Australian Bank one such provincial venture. The bank was founded in 1841 by purely local businessmen with only one employee: the Directors surmised that one staff member would suffice given the entire population of Perth totaled less than 3000 people. Confining its business interests to Western Australia, it was one of the few banks that did not suspend trade and continued to operate during the financial crisis of 1893. This extremely rare banknote was issued by the Western Australian Bank in 1896, the very same year that the Perth Mint laid its foundation stone and features the black swan, the state’s official emblem. The Western Australian Bank lives on today having amalgamated in 1927 with the Bank of New South Wales, now part of the Westpac Banking Group. A prized piece of Australia’s colonial banking history. And an even prouder piece of Western Australia’s heritage, less than twenty examples from this bank (of all denominations) have appeared over the last thirty-plus years.
STATUS
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Notes
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1893S Proof Sov rev SEO Page
COIN
1893 Sydney Mint Proof Sovereign, milled edge
QUALITY
Superb FDC
PROVENANCE
Henry Dangar, Sharps Pixley London, Philip Spalding
PRICE
$105,000
COMMENTS
To say that your coin was originally owned by Henry Cary Dangar is meaningful. Now add the names Sharps Pixley and Philip Spalding. And, if you are a collector, that’s very impressive. Dangar, Sharps Pixley and Spalding are noted names in the rare coin industry. This 1893 Proof Sovereign was originally owned by Henry Cary Dangar, lawyer and New South Wales Parliamentarian, a collector active from the 1880s until his death in 1917. Bequeathed to his son, Dangar’s Collection was sold by Glendinings London in 1953, where it was acquired by Sharps Pixley Bullion Traders, London. The Sharps Pixley Collection created numismatic history, so important were the coins it contained, when it was eventually sold in 1980 by Spink Auctions. The coin was acquired in 1980 by Philip Spalding from the Sharps Pixley Collection. It remained in the Spalding family holding for more than thirty-five years.
STATUS
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Complete Set of Melbourne Mint Proof Coins 1955 – 1963
COIN
Complete Collection Melbourne 1955 – 1963 Proof Coins
QUALITY
Superb FDC
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Melbourne
PRICE
$35,000
COMMENTS
Over the years we have sourced some truly remarkable material, and at all dollar levels. And this collection of forty pre-decimal proof coins struck by the Melbourne Mint is genuinely remarkable. When it came across the counter last week our eyes lit up. We had sold the Collection several years before and we knew the minute we laid eyes on it that we could only have sourced it from one of two collectors. We checked and we were correct. The original owner was a Melbourne collector, an expert on Australian proof coinage and has authored many articles on the same. His coins are distinctively sensational.
STATUS
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1911 London Bank of Melb £5 Specimen front b&b September 2017
NOTE
1911 London Bank of Australia Ltd Five Pounds
QUALITY
Specimen
PROVENANCE
Spink London 2010
PRICE
$ 9,500
COMMENTS
More than a century of Australian history is presented in this crisp, colonial banknote. Australia’s private banking sector exploded following the gold rush of the 1850s; one of the new banks formed was the London Bank of Australia Ltd. The bank was established in London in 1852 to exploit the rapidly expanding economies of the Australian colonies with its first Australian branch opening in Sydney and Melbourne in 1853. During the financial crisis of 1893, a run on deposits forced the bank to suspend payments and close its doors. While many other private banks failed, the London Bank of Australia showed its resilience when it re-opened four months later and continued to robustly trade. The history of this colonial bank lives on. The London Bank of Australia Limited was subsequently absorbed by the English, Scottish and Australian Bank Limited in 1921 (ES&A) which in turn amalgamated with the ANZ Bank in 1970.
STATUS
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1919 Square Penny Type 3
COIN
1919 Square Penny Type 3
QUALITY
Choice Uncirculated
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Melbourne 1995
PRICE
$ 50,000
COMMENTS
The 1919 Square Penny is a world-class rarity. The very reason why this coin was on show at the recent Melbourne Money Expo. It is a known fact that whenever Coinworks attends an Expo, we only ever display our best and our rarest inventory and this coin was a natural. It has the ‘wow’ factor with quality traits that are clearly visible to the naked eye. Acquired in 1995, it has been stored in a bank vault ever since. Furthermore the coin is supremely rare with perhaps fifteen examples available to collectors. (Compare that to the 1930 Penny where 1500 examples are known.) Need further convincing? The Type 3 design is unique. While the Melbourne Mint juggled around with various kookaburra designs, differing portraits and different lettering, the sleek kookaburra and modern lettering was used only once. On this coin, the 1919 Type 3 Kookaburra Square Penny.
STATUS
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1916 Specimen Penny rev horizontal b&b August 2017
COIN
1916 Specimen Penny
QUALITY
Specimen
PROVENANCE
Barrie Winsor
PRICE
$ 28,000
COMMENTS
This superb quality 1916 Specimen Penny is extremely rare. Affirmation of its scarcity, it is the third only example that we have offered in a career that spans forty five plus years. The coin is sharply struck and under the glass, it shows the heavy striations associated with distinct die preparation. Brilliantly preserved, it is offered more than a century after it was struck, with beautiful blue / purple / golden toning.
STATUS
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