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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
Sold October 2017

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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
Sold October 2017

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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
Sold October 2017

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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
Sold October 2017

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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
Sold September 2017

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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
Sold September 2017

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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
Sold September 2017

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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
Sold September 2017

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1930 Penny VF rev B&B August 2017
COIN
1930 Penny
QUALITY
Very Fine
PROVENANCE
Jaggards Sydney, Private Collection Melbourne
PRICE
$50,000
COMMENTS
We have decided that we will let the photographs - and in particular the close-up shot of the Crown - do most of the talking in our offering of this extremely rare, superb quality 1930 Penny. The pie chart in the Read More section also tells its own story and clearly shows the rarity of a coin at this quality level. The technical details of this coin are summarised as follows. The King’s Crown shows six clear and plump pearls. Also a prominent central diamond, the four sides of the diamond clearly visible so that you don’t have to struggle to see it. The reverse is classified similarly at Very Fine. This coin is three times as scarce as your average 1930 Penny. Well preserved, it obviously became a collectable early in its life.
STATUS
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DOMINICA HD & D rev LARGE B&B August 2017
COIN
Dominica Holey Dollar and Dump (Charles IIII with portrait of Charles III)
QUALITY
Holey Dollar (Fine) Dump (Nearly Extremely Fine)
PROVENANCE
Howard. D. Gibbs Collection (HD) Gordon Collection (Dump)
PRICE
$57,500 (price includes both the Holey Dollar and the Dump)
COMMENTS
Had the craftsman that tooled out this Holey Dollar been a numismatist he would have recognised that the Spanish Silver Dollar that he was about to deface was a great numismatic rarity. The Silver Dollar was struck in 1790 and had the legend of King Charles IIII but featured the portrait of the deceased King Charles III, who died two years earlier in 1788. This Holey Dollar is referred to as a transitional Holey Dollar, struck from a silver dollar that was created during a period of transition at the Mexico Mint when the portrait of the new King had not been received. Irrespective of the issuing authority, transitional Holey Dollars are extremely rare. We note the first formal record of ownership of this Holey Dollar is Howard D Gibbs. A great collector with a keen eye for rarity, he was a former owner of the world famous Madrid Holey Dollar and the Uncirculated New South Wales Holey Dollar that we are currently offering. This Holey Dollar from the British colony of Dominica is supremely rare.
STATUS
Sold August 2017

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1959 Melbourne Proof Set FDC REV 2
COIN
1959 Melbourne Mint Proof Set
QUALITY
FDC
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Melbourne
PRICE
$5950
COMMENTS
Whenever we are offered Proof Sets from the era 1955 to 1963, we always check if there is a Melbourne Mint 1959 Proof Set in the offering. It is the hardest to find in the series of Melbourne proofs, so if it is available we are excited. Moving beyond our excitement we know to carefully scrutinise the quality of the coppers in the 1959 Proof Set for they are the driving force for investment in this set and are almost impossible to find in a superior state. The majority of specimens that we see are mismatched and almost bordering on the ugly. Now take a look at this 1959 Melbourne Mint Proof Set. Superb proof silver. Perfectly matched and beautifully toned proof coppers. This set is genuinely rare and available at a great price. We hope we have given you sufficient reason to read more.
STATUS
Sold August 2017

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1923 Halfpenny about Extremely Fine
COIN
1923 Halfpenny
QUALITY
about Extremely Fine
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Melbourne
PRICE
$ 9,500
COMMENTS
The 1923 Halfpenny is the glamour coin of the Australian halfpenny series: the nation’s scarcest halfpenny. And this particular 1923 Halfpenny is a stand out piece. The coin is presented in a remarkable state of preservation with glossy, smooth surfaces and a hint of circulation. A full central diamond, six crisp pearls and the appearance of the seventh and eighth pearls.
STATUS
Sold August 2017

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1930 Penny good Fine rev Large b&b August 2017
COIN
1930 Penny
QUALITY
Good Fine / about Very Fine
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Sydney
PRICE
$29,500
COMMENTS
This 1930 Penny has a quality classification of ‘Good Fine’ with six pearls in the Kings crown and a partial central diamond. The reverse is classified at a higher quality level of ‘About Very Fine’. Handsome chestnut toning, minimal marks in the field, a strong ‘1930’ date, this coin will make owning an example of Australia’s most famous copper rarity a reality for just one buyer.
STATUS
Sold August 2017

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DOMINICA SN 7014 & 7029 HD & DUMP rev LARGE
COIN
Dominica Holey Dollar and Dump
QUALITY
Holey Dollar (Good Very Fine) Dump (Nearly Extremely Fine)
PROVENANCE
Barrie Winsor Collection
PRICE
$15,000
COMMENTS
History has judged the British colony of Dominica (in the Caribbean) as being somewhat of a trail blazer in the creation of Holey Dollars and Dumps. Embarrassed by the lack of English currency, Dominica took up the practice of ‘holing’ Spanish silver dollars and adapting the mutilated coins to a local currency as early as 1760. More than half a century earlier than the penal colony of New South Wales. 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.
STATUS
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1918 Perth Half Sovereign Unc rev
COIN
1918 Perth Mint Half Sovereign
QUALITY
Uncirculated
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Melbourne
PRICE
$15,000
COMMENTS
The 1918 Perth Mint Half Sovereign and the 1930 Penny share a common bond: history records that both coins were accidentally struck. Their chance minting, in minuscule numbers, has created two world class rarities. And the mystery and intrigue surrounding their striking has fuelled their demand.
STATUS
Sold July 2017

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$20 Coombs Randall Pair
NOTE
1967 Coombs Randall $20 Consecutive Pair
QUALITY
Uncirculated
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Western Australia
PRICE
$12,500
COMMENTS
Guaranteed original, Uncirculated quality. And guaranteed rarity. The Australian banknotes that bear 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 $20 notes were issued for only a matter of weeks, from mid-September 1967 until October 1967. This note is Australia’s rarest issued decimal banknote and the absolute ‘key’ to the series. Available individually or as a pair. Contact us for a single note price.
STATUS
Sold July 2017

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BB - 1 1930 Penny GVF rev 170216-194 - Copy
COIN
1930 Penny
QUALITY
Good Very Fine
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Melbourne
PRICE
$65,000
COMMENTS
The reality is the photographs - and the close up shot of the crown - will do most of the talking on this superb good Very Fine 1930 Penny. With a full central diamond and the smudging of the seventh and eighth pearl, this coin is four to five grades higher than those 1930 Pennies most frequently sighted. We rate this coin as being in the top 3 per cent. (See pie chart attached.) Already have a 1930 Penny? Then consider a trade and upgrade your coin.
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1930 Penny EF rev Large July 2017
COIN
1930 Penny
QUALITY
Extremely Fine
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Melbourne
PRICE
$140,000
COMMENTS
There are five 1930 Pennies that stand out from the rest, acknowledged as being the absolute finest examples of Australia’s favourite copper rarity. And this coin is one of them. Waiting lists are the norm for a 1930 Penny at this quality level.
STATUS
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PEI 1807 HD rev LARGE
COIN
Canada, Prince Edward Island 1813 Holey Dollar
QUALITY
Very Fine
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Sydney
PRICE
$16,500
COMMENTS
This is an extremely rare Holey Dollar, struck by Canada’s Prince Edward Island, and is one of seventy nine (79) known specimens. While Governor Lachlan Macquarie was coining his Holey Dollars and Dumps in Sydney, a similar scheme was unfolding across the other side of the globe in Prince Edward Island, Canada. In 1813 the Island’s Lieutenant Governor, Charles Douglass Smith, created an internal currency for the British colony by cutting and over stamping 1000 Spanish Silver Dollars. The silver dollars were holed and over stamped with a circle with ten teeth like projections positioned (partially) on the King’s forehead.
STATUS
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Circa 1900, Bank of Victoria Ltd Five Pounds Specimen
NOTE
Circa 1900, Bank of Victoria Ltd Five Pounds
QUALITY
Uncirculated
PROVENANCE
Archives of note printers Bradbury Wilkinson
PRICE
$ 7,950
COMMENTS
The Bank of Victoria was founded by Dr Thomas Black, a physician from the Richmond area of Melbourne. The bank was registered in Victoria in 1852 and commenced operations in January 1853 as the Bank of Victoria Limited. By 1887 the bank had 65 branches, all in Victoria. The Bank of Victoria amalgamated with the Commercial Banking Company of Sydney Limited in 1927 and eventually became part of the National Bank of Australia in 1981. Archived for more than a century by London engravers and printers Bradbury & Wilkinson, this high denomination colonial note retains its original characteristics and colour unaffected by the passing of time.
STATUS
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1887 London Chartered Bank of Australia One Pounds
NOTE
1887 London Chartered Bank of Australia One Pounds Specimen
QUALITY
Uncirculated
PROVENANCE
Archives of note printers Bradbury Wilkinson
PRICE
$ 7,950
COMMENTS
The London Chartered Bank was formed in London in 1852 and one year later established branches in both Melbourne and Sydney. In 1882, the bank opened a Brisbane branch. During the financial crisis of 1893 this revered establishment was forced to suspend its payments but only for four months, later re-opening its doors. The London Chartered Bank of Australia lives on through its subsequent mergers. In 1921 the bank merged with the English, Scottish and Australian Bank (ES&A) which in turn amalgamated with the ANZ in 1970. The note has an original crispness in its paper and vibrant colours that defies time.
STATUS
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Ten Pound Note
NOTE
1888 London Chartered Bank of Australia Ten Pounds
QUALITY
Uncirculated
PROVENANCE
Archives of Note Printers Bradbury Wilkinson
PRICE
$ 9,750
COMMENTS
This 1888 London Chartered Bank of Australia Ten Pounds presents a financial snapshot of the colony exactly 100 years after settlement. It also is a high value note. And rare as such. A Ten Pounds note was well beyond the reach of most of the colony’s residents. In 1888, a farm hand in the colony was earning 13/- per week. This colonial Ten Pounds would have represented nearly four months wages.
STATUS
Sold July 2017

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Ann Mash Promissory Note Circa 1812
NOTE
Ann Mash Promissory Note Circa 1812
QUALITY
Very Fine
PROVENANCE
Bill Wright Collection
PRICE
$ 25,000
COMMENTS
This great historical piece, issued circa 1812, is unique. It is the only known surviving promissory note issued by a woman, Ann Mash, and the only promissory note issued in this denomination. Testimony to the importance of the Mash promissory notes, an example is held in the Sir John Ferguson Collection, National Library of Australia Canberra
STATUS
Sold June 2017

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1921 Square Penny Type 11
COIN
1921 Square Penny Type 11
QUALITY
Choice Uncirculated
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Melbourne 1995
PRICE
$ 50,000
COMMENTS
The 1921 Square Pennies are the most accessible - and affordable – coins in the entire Square Penny series. There is no suggestion here that the 1921 Square Pennies are available at the drop of a hat. Perhaps twenty Type 11 Square Pennies are known, which for the buyer translates into a waiting time of up to a year for an example to become available. (Compare that to the 1930 Penny where 1500 to 2000 are believed to exist.)
STATUS
Sold June 2017

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1855 Sydney Mint Half Sovereign Rev
COIN
1855 Sydney Mint Half Sovereign
QUALITY
Extremely Fine
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Melbourne
PRICE
$95,000
COMMENTS
The 1855 Sydney Mint Half Sovereign has a unique status as Australia’s very first half sovereign - struck at the nation’s first mint, the Sydney Mint. The coin is amazingly rare. Less than fifty examples are known today and let’s be clear on this point. That’s not fifty at each quality level. That’s fifty across all quality levels. (To put this figure into perspective, the industry estimates that 1500 to 2000 1930 Pennies, across all quality levels, are known.)
STATUS
Sold May 2017

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1855 Sovereign Unc Rev
COIN
1855 Sydney Mint Sovereign
QUALITY
Uncirculated
PROVENANCE
Private Collection NSW
PRICE
$95,000
COMMENTS
The 1855 Sydney Mint Sovereign is one of the prized rarities in the Sydney Mint Sovereign series and has pride of place in every Australian sovereign collection. The coin also has international standing. It is the nation’s first gold sovereign minted at the Sydney Mint - the nation’s very first mint – and brings to any collection a wonderful and everlasting history.
STATUS
Sold May 2017

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1926 Sydney Mint Sovereign FDC rev
COIN
1926 Sydney Mint Specimen Sovereign
QUALITY
FDC
PROVENANCE
A.H.F. Baldwin, Private Collection Melbourne
PRICE
$85,000
COMMENTS
The State Library of New South Wales, confirms through its archival documents the extreme rarity of this 1926 Specimen Sovereign. The Library also confirms the coin’s importance and ceremonious origins. The coin was struck on the 11 August 1926 - the very last day of operation of the Sydney Mint - in a ceremony attended by numismatic luminaries such as Mr A M Le Souef and Sir William Dixson.
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1813 Dump Rev
COIN
1813 Dump
QUALITY
good Very Fine
PROVENANCE
A.H.F. Baldwin, Private Collection NSW
PRICE
$75,000
COMMENTS
The 1813 Dump and its partner, the Holey Dollar, were the first coins struck in Australia. Not only are they very rare, but their fascinating history has made them two of the world’s most famous coins. This 1813 Dump is a premium quality piece. Presented in a quality level of good Very Fine it is ranked in the top eight per cent of known surviving examples and is definitely one to tuck away for the future.
STATUS
Sold April 2017

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1920 Type 7 Square Penny Rev Edwards 161214-810
COIN
1920 Square Penny Type 7
QUALITY
Choice Uncirculated
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Melbourne 1995
PRICE
$ 55,000
COMMENTS
We are the only company to have handled all of the design types and the metals that make up the Square Penny series. And we have seen the full spectrum of qualities from the absolute best down to the very poorest. And this 1920 Type 7 Square Penny is amongst the very best. Acquired in 1995 by a Melbourne collector, the coin has been stored in a bank vault since the day it was bought.
STATUS
Sold April 2017

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1855 Sydney Mint Sovereign obv Extra Fine 161205-416
COIN
1855 Sydney Mint Sovereign
QUALITY
Extremely Fine
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Victoria
PRICE
$ 19,500
COMMENTS
The 1855 Sydney Mint Sovereign is the one coin that has pride of place in every sovereign collection. As Australia’s first gold sovereign minted at the Sydney Mint - the nation’s very first mint - it brings to any collection a wonderful and everlasting history. But the 1855 Sydney Mint sovereign offers more than history. In the quality level offered here it also is extremely rare.
STATUS
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BB - 5 1937 Pattern Shilling Uniface rev 1842
COIN
1937 Proof Shilling Uniface
QUALITY
FDC
PROVENANCE
Sir Robert Johnson, A. H. Baldwin
PRICE
$ 155,000
COMMENTS
This 1937 Proof Shilling is a coin fit for royalty. Literally. It is unique in private hands. The only other known example was struck for George VI and is housed in the Royal Coin Collection housed at Windsor Castle. Only a person of influence would ever have had access to such a striking. No surprise therefore that the original owner was Sir Robert Johnson, Deputy Mint Master of the Royal Mint London.
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1937 Proof Crown
COIN
1937 Proof Crown
QUALITY
Superb FDC
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Melbourne
PRICE
$ 35,000
COMMENTS
Eighty years (1937 – 2017) have elapsed since the Melbourne Mint issued the 1937 Crown. While one million coins were released into circulation, only 100 coins were struck to proof quality as collector pieces to gift to dignitaries and sell to the collecting public. This coin is one of the finest examples out of the original mintage of 100 Proof Crowns, a superb FDC example with unblemished mirror fields contrasting a deeply etched design.
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1927 Proof Penny
COIN
1927 Proof Penny
QUALITY
Superb FDC
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Melbourne
PRICE
$ 35,000
COMMENTS
This coin is of the highest rarity and for three very basic reasons. The first is the inclusion of the word ‘proof’ in its description which indicates that this coin was struck as a collector piece – and was not struck for circulation. The second is the date ‘1927’. In terms of proof pennies, ‘1927’ is the rare one. The third defining aspect of this coin is its quality. It is one of the very best with much original copper brilliance.
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1887 Melbourne Mint Sovereign
COIN
1887 Melbourne Mint Sovereign
QUALITY
Brilliant Uncirculated
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Melbourne
PRICE
$ 25,000
COMMENTS
No one could have envisaged in 1887 when the mint master authorized the striking of the Queen Victoria Young Head Shield Sovereign that the coin would one day become a world class rarity. Nor can we imagine how this particular 1887 Sovereign, struck in the factory conditions of the Melbourne Mint, came through the production process to become a prized collector piece. Brilliantly preserved, it must have been put aside soon after it was struck.
STATUS
Sold February 2017

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1897 Proof Half Sov date side
COIN
1897 Proof Half Sovereign Melbourne Mint
QUALITY
FDC
PROVENANCE
Murdoch, A. H. Whetmore, A. H. Baldwin
PRICE
$ 85,000
COMMENTS
This 1897 Proof Half Sovereign is a prized collector piece. We have traced its provenance back to the year in which it was struck when it became the property of wealthy London businessman John G Murdoch. History records that Murdoch, an avid collector, financed the striking of the proof half sovereigns in 1897 at the Melbourne Mint. Three were believed struck, each coin featuring the Veiled Head portrait of Queen Victoria. This coin, is to our knowledge, the only example out of the original mintage to be sighted on the open market.
STATUS
Sold February 2017

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1872 Melb Mint Sov date side
COIN
1872 Sovereign Melbourne Mint
QUALITY
Choice Uncirculated
PROVENANCE
Barrie Winsor Collection
PRICE
$ 24,500
COMMENTS
This 1872 Sovereign is pivotal to Australia’s gold coin history for it represents the very first year of sovereign production at the Melbourne Mint and depicts the Young Head design of Queen Victoria with the St George reverse. Not only the first year of production at the mint in Melbourne, but this coin has the lowest recorded mintage of the entire Young Head Shield series, from both the Sydney and Melbourne Mint. (History records that the dies dated 1872 did not reach the Melbourne Mint until April of that year.)
STATUS
Sold February 2017

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1948 Penny date side
COIN
1948 Perth Mint Proof Penny
QUALITY
Superb FDC
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Sydney 1998, Private Collection Melbourne
PRICE
$ 35,000
COMMENTS
It is our national symbol, the great Australian flying kangaroo. And it’s never looked as good as it does on this stunning limited edition 1948 Perth Mint Proof Penny. This is a brilliantly preserved proof, displaying a superb level of design detail. This coin is a work of art, as individual, and as beautiful, as an opal with qualities and colours that are simply unmatched by those proofs issued from the Melbourne Mint.
STATUS
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1897 Sydney Mint Half Sovereign Gem Unc rev 161205-578
COIN
1897 Half Sovereign Sydney Mint
QUALITY
Gem Uncirculated
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Sydney
PRICE
$ 20,000
COMMENTS
This 1897 Sydney Mint Half Sovereign is the absolute finest of its year. That’s not only our opinion, it also was the opinion of the Auction House when it was offered for sale in November 2007. A fiercely contested bidding war saw the coin sell for 50 per cent above its pre-auction estimate of $10,000. Gem Uncirculated is the highest quality level that a collector can aspire to and it is very rarely ever seen, particularly amongst gold coins.
STATUS
Sold January 2017

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