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Proof-1953-Penny-Rev-37409-March-2021
COIN
Proof 1953 Penny struck at the Perth Mint
QUALITY
A spectacular proof strike with original copper brilliance, highly reflective surfaces and dazzling iridescent toning on the periphery
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Melbourne
PRICE
$45,000
COMMENTS
A coin can be rare because so few examples were struck. A coin can also be rare because it has quality traits that make it the absolute exception to the norm, placing it into an elite and very small group of examples. This Proof 1953 Penny is rare on both counts! The original mintage is believed to be twenty with most of the examples going to public institutions and therefore out of reach of collectors. And the quality is spectacular. So that you can appreciate the rarity of a coin at this dazzling quality level, we make the comment that we have sold only one other Proof 1953 Penny that we would describe as spectacular. And that was nine years ago to a Melbourne collector.
STATUS
Sold April 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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Proof-1899-Melbourne-Mint-Sovereign-rev-36538-February-2021
COIN
Proof 1899 Sovereign struck at the Melbourne Mint and one of two known
QUALITY
FDC
PROVENANCE
Murdoch Collection sold Sothebys London 1903, Baldwin Collection, Nobles Auction March 2004
PRICE
$85,000
COMMENTS
This Proof 1899 Sovereign was struck at the Melbourne Mint as a presentation piece. The coin made its first public appearance in 1903 when it was sold by Sotheby's London as part of the famous John G. Murdoch Collection. Over the last century only one other example has been sighted. The coin's extreme rarity is typical of this sector of the market and the very reason why they are so popular with collectors. And investors. Their scarcity simply gives people the reason to buy. And this glorious turn-of-the-century Proof 1899 Sovereign is available now.
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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Proof-1952-Penny-rev-36362-February-2021
COIN
Proof 1952 Penny struck at the Perth Mint
QUALITY
FDC, a brilliant strike with full mint red on both obverse and reverse.
PROVENANCE
Nobles Auction March 1996
PRICE
$35,000
COMMENTS
A coin can be rare because, so few were struck. For today's collectors, this Proof 1952 Penny is extremely rare. The original mintage is believed to be fifteen with most of the examples going to public institutions and so out of reach of collectors. But a coin can also be rare because its quality makes it the exception to the norm effectively putting it into a class all on its own. This Proof 1952 Penny is rare on both counts! Its mintage was tiny and it is one of the very best Perth Mint Proof coppers out of this era. Remember the Proof 1947 Penny we sold a few months ago. A superb FDC, it came out of Nobles March 1996 Auction, the same auction as this Proof 1952 Penny. And it has been held in the one collection ever since.
STATUS
Sold February 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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Proof-1945-Penny-Rev-July-2020
COIN
Australia's rarest penny, the 1945 Penny, struck at the Melbourne Mint
QUALITY
FDC, a spectacular proof strike with full mint red on both obverse and reverse.
PROVENANCE
The Museum of Victoria Collection
PRICE
$150,000
COMMENTS
This 1945 Penny was held in the Museum of Victoria Collection until 2009. The coin is Australia's rarest penny. By a mile. 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' 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, a full brilliant red on both obverse and reverse, this magnificent piece of Australian numismatic history is available now.
STATUS
Sold January 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

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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-1947-Penny-Rev-September-2020
COIN
Proof 1947 Penny Perth Mint
QUALITY
A superb FDC brilliant violet-red proof and the finest known
PROVENANCE
Nobles Auction, Sydney, March 1996
PRICE
$42,500
COMMENTS
There are some coins that, as dealers, you never forget. The state in which they are presented is so impactful, they make a lasting impression. Nor can you ever 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. The occasion was Nobles Sydney Auction March 1996 when we sat in the auction room fighting off a trove of room and postal bidders to secure this prized gem. The photographs confirm its extraordinary condition. And we can confirm its rarity. We have only ever handled three Proof 1947 Pennies, this coin the finest by far.
STATUS
Sold November 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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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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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

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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
Spink Auctions 1981, Nobles Auction 1991 in the sale of the Richard Williams Collection
PRICE
$35,000
COMMENTS
This Proof 1928 Penny was first offered at Spink Auctions in 1981. And made a second appearance at Nobles Auction in 1991. On both occasions the coin sold, the prices realised far exceeding the pre-auction estimates. Looking at the coin in the flesh its easy to understand why. The extent of original copper brilliance is simply awesome. The surfaces are like a copper mirror. This is proof coining at its best. Moreover the coin is rare. Six examples of the Proof 1928 Penny are known, this being one of the finest of the six. This is a rare opportunity to acquire an important piece of Australia's minting history formerly owned by renowned Commonwealth coin collector, Richard Williams.
STATUS
Sold September 2020

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Proof-1924-Florin-Rev-July-2020
COIN
Proof 1924 Florin, Melbourne Mint. One of only five known.
QUALITY
Superb FDC
PROVENANCE
Spink Auctions March 1982, Philip Spalding
PRICE
$22,500
COMMENTS
Mr A. M. Le Souef was Deputy Master of the Melbourne Mint when this Proof 1924 Florin 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 September 2020

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Proof-1929-Penny-Rev-June-2020
COIN
Proof 1929 Penny, Melbourne Mint
QUALITY
FDC, with full copper brilliance on the reverse
PROVENANCE
Spink Auctions (Australia) 1984, Private Collection Victoria
PRICE
$25,000
COMMENTS
The essential characteristics of proof coins are highly polished fields, fully reproduced designs free from any flaw, and square edges. This description provided by numismatist and author Greg McDonald may well have been written for this Proof 1929 Penny. Struck at the Melbourne Mint to create an everlasting vestige of its role in striking Australia’s copper coinage in 1929, this coin is as important as it is rare. Only three other examples are known. This Proof 1929 Penny has full copper brilliance on the reverse and underlying brilliance on the obverse. The fields are smooth, the design deeply etched.
STATUS
Sold September 2020

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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
$15,000
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 August 2020

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British-coin-collection-Date-February-2020
COIN
Proof Coin Collection from Australia's 'Proclamation' era (nine coins)
QUALITY
FDC, superbly struck, highly detailed and well preserved
PROVENANCE
Spink London, Wayte Raymond, J. J. Pitman Collection
PRICE
$22,500
COMMENTS
Amazing but true, proof coining is a tradition that goes back centuries, as evidenced by this fabulous collection of nine 'Proclamation' proof coins from the era 1787 to 1804. For most collectors, the Proclamation era is seen as the beginning of numismatics in Australia.
STATUS
Sold August 2020

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1910-Specimen-Set-Date-Side-in-case-June-2020
COIN
1910 Presentation Set in original case of issue
QUALITY
Specimen
PROVENANCE
Believed from the collection of Sir Robert Johnson, Deputy Mint Master of the Royal Mint London, Spink Auctions 1984, Barrie Winsor
PRICE
$95,000
COMMENTS
Every dealer has an item, be it a coin or a banknote, that is close to their heart. In the case of industry figurehead, Barrie Winsor, that item is this 1910 Presentation Set. Winsor has always viewed it as the ‘ultimate’. Struck as a Presentation Set at the Royal Mint London - in its original case of issue - the set is comprised of four silver coins, the 1910 Florin, 1910 Shilling, 1910 Sixpence and 1910 Threepence minted to glorious SPECIMEN quality. Furthermore, it is unique in private hands. Only one other set is known, held in the Museum of Victoria Archives. Only a person of influence within the minting hierarchy could ever have access to such a striking and Winsor's research revealed that it must have come from Sir Robert Johnson, Deputy Mint Master of the Royal Mint London.
STATUS
Sold August 2020.

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1808-Holey-Dollar-Mexico-Mint-OBV-BANNER-gVF-aEF-August-2020
COIN
The 1813 Holey Dollar made famous as the front-cover coin of Philip Spalding's book, 'The World of the Holey Dollar'.
QUALITY
The original coin - a glossy Good Very Fine. The counter stamps - About Extremely Fine and in the optimum position.
PROVENANCE
Exhibited at "The Holey Dollar - A Symbol of Innovation", 1 Martin Place Sydney 2 October to 18 October 2013. Goldstein Collection, Lawson's 29 June 1949, Roy W. Farman, Ray Jewell, Colin Pitchfork, Philip Spalding.
PRICE
$250,000
COMMENTS
It's not every day a collector will have the opportunity of buying a Holey Dollar. Particularly one that is as famous as this coin. It was the piece Philip Spalding selected to grace the front cover of his literary masterpiece, 'The World of the Holey Dollar'. That exposure has given this Holey Dollar a powerful edge and has guaranteed its place in history as one of the most recognised of its specie. A signed "First Edition" copy of Spalding's book - numbered '15' - and inscribed by the author will be presented with the sale of this coin. Technical shots are provided.
STATUS
Sold August 2020.

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Specimen-1916-Set-Rev-June-2020
COIN
1916 Presentation Set in original case of issue
QUALITY
Specimen
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Victoria
PRICE
$95,000
COMMENTS
A 1916 Presentation Set in an original case of issue always commands buyer attention. A Presentation Set of coins records an important moment or event in a nation's history and, for Australia, the year 1916 is indeed a significant one. Now add the final touch of the four words - original case of issue. The case is a stamp of authority and approval indicating that the coins are presented today as they were originally intended more than a century ago. This 1916 Presentation Set is a classic piece of Australiana that is as distinctive as it is rare. Especially created at the Melbourne Mint in 1916 to commemorate the mint’s inaugural striking of Australia’s Commonwealth coins, the set is comprised of the florin, shilling, sixpence and threepence struck to superb specimen quality. Only seven cased presentation sets have been observed at auction over the last half-century.
STATUS
Sold August 2020

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1808-Pierced-Dollar-VF-Mexico-Rev-August-2020
COIN
Collection of cut and counter stamped Spanish Silver Dollars, the highlight a Holey Dollar issued by the British Colony of Trinidad.
QUALITY
See individual pieces below.
PROVENANCE
See individual pieces below.
PRICE
See individual pieces below.
COMMENTS
The Spanish Silver Dollar was fabled as pirate plunder. It was the famous ‘piece of eight’ of the Spanish empire and it was used – and abused – by British colonies right across the globe to create their very own local currency. Cut into quarters, half or three-quarter segments and stamped with the insignia of a colony, it served as small change for that dependency. Holed It became the famous Holey Dollar. This collection is comprised of five coins, all of which were created from the Spanish Silver Dollar. Extremely rare and highly historical, this collection of five coins is available now.
STATUS
Sold August 2020

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1930-Penny-good-Fine-Rev-May-2020
COIN
1930 Penny
QUALITY
Good Fine
PROVENANCE
Jaggards Sydney 1985, Private Collection N.S.W.
PRICE
$24,500
COMMENTS
Let there be no doubt, one of the prime reasons for the popularity of the 1930 Penny is its financial reliability. It is a solid coin. And in times such as we are experiencing, this genuinely counts. In fact, we would go one step further and say that over the long term it has probably been one of our most consistent and trustworthy numismatic performers. This 1930 Penny is graded Good Fine with nice edges and a strong ‘1930’ date. Take up a magnifying glass and you will see that the obverse has one side of the central diamond and six pearls. And while the quality should be enough to gain buyer attention, it is the price that makes this 1930 Penny irresistible buying. We are offering it at $24,500. Technical shots are shown below.
STATUS
Sold August 2020

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Proof-1927-Canberra-Florin-banner-July-2020
COIN
Proof 1927 Canberra Florin
QUALITY
A superb Gem FDC. A brilliant proof with stunning iridescent colours and one of the finest we have handled.
PROVENANCE
Nobles Auction March 2007, Private Collection NSW
PRICE
$30,000
COMMENTS
This Proof Canberra Florin set a new price record when it sold at auction in March 2007. Noted by the Auction House as having a quality of Gem FDC. and detailed as 'one of the finest', this stunning proof sold for nearly 50 per cent over its pre-auction estimate, bidders driven by its exceptional quality. The assessment of Gem FDC and its ranking as 'one of the finest' stands true to this very day. The photographs have done justice to this coin. It is simply magnificent.
STATUS
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1930-Penny-goodFine-aVF-Rev-June-2020
COIN
1930 Penny with three sides of the central diamond and six plump pearls
QUALITY
About Very Fine / 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. As buying a 1930 Penny is an important decision, we offer one very basic tip for collectors to assist them in their selection process. Acquire a 1930 Penny that is visually very attractive and has no obvious 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, priced below $30,000 ... then this is the coin for you.
STATUS
Sold July 2020

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1813-Dump-PP-March-2020jpg
COIN
1813 Dump, Type A/1 with super-smooth, highly reflective fields and handsome blue-grey toning.
QUALITY
Nearly Extremely Fine, supreme quality and exceedingly rare as such.
PROVENANCE
Ray Jewell Collection, Noble Numismatics April 2004
PRICE
$75,000
COMMENTS
A Nearly Extremely Fine 1813 Dump is a supreme-quality piece and rests in the top 5 per cent of surviving examples. A coin of this calibre is genuinely hard to find and is a chance opportunity. Now let’s factor in the provenance of Ray Jewell for a Nearly Extremely Fine Dump that has the name Ray Jewell attached to it, is a once-in-a-decade opportunity. Jewell was a foremost dealer and collector and a founding father of Australia’s rare coin industry. He was as learned as he was well-respected, and this Dump was part of his prized collection. It is a coin that has all the attributes that a collector could ask for in an 1813 Dump including a well-executed central design, traces of the original Spanish Dollar design details, strong denticles and the presence of the ‘H’ for Henshall on the reverse.
STATUS
Sold July 2020.

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1893-Sydney-ten-pound-notejpg
NOTE
1893 City Bank of Sydney Ten Pounds
QUALITY
Specimen
PROVENANCE
Spink London 2010
PRICE
$12,500
COMMENTS
You will have a fabulous insight into Australia’s early financial history with this extremely rare, high denomination, 1893 City Bank of Sydney Ten Pounds. London engravers Bradbury Wilkinson incorporated some classically Australian design elements into this pre-federation gem. The finely etched Emu above Britannia, and the Kangaroo below. And on the back of the note, an exquisite maritime design featuring an indigenous Australian standing shoulder to shoulder with an English sailor.
STATUS
Sold July 2020

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Proof-1935-Penny-Halfpenny-Pair-Rev-July-2020
COIN
Proof 1935 Penny and Proof 1935 Halfpenny matched pair
QUALITY
FDC. A perfectly matched pair, with full underlying brilliance on both penny and halfpenny
PROVENANCE
Sold by private treaty to Coinworks 2002, Private Collection Sydney
PRICE
$39,500
COMMENTS
A Trans-Tasman connection was alive and kicking when New Zealander, Henry George Williams, financed the striking of a small number of 1935 Proof Pennies and 1935 Proof Halfpennies at the Melbourne Mint. In so doing, Williams unwittingly created an Australian 'numismatic star'. The term 'numismatic star' falls well short in describing these particular 1935 Proofs. The coins are perfectly matched, with glass-like surfaces and original copper brilliance, and are in every respect NUMISMATIC SUPER-STARS. We would be lucky to sight such quality '35 proofs on the market once every five years.
STATUS
Sold July 2020

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1957-1963-Perth-Proofs-FDC-July-2019
COIN
A collection of Perth Mint Proof Coins, 1957 to 1963
QUALITY
Superb blazing orange proofs. FDC.
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Melbourne
PRICE
A 20th anniversary celebratory price of $15,000 (normal R.R.P. $21,000)
COMMENTS
On 1 July 2020, Coinworks will have been trading twenty years. We are kick starting the celebrations and for one week only, we are offering this collection of twelve stunning copper proofs at a celebratory price of $15,000 (normal R.R.P. $21,000).
STATUS
Sold June 2020

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1899M-Proof-Half-Sovereign-FDC-rev-July-2019
COIN
Proof 1899 Half Sovereign, Melbourne Mint
QUALITY
Superb FDC
PROVENANCE
Murdoch Collection, A. H. Baldwin, Nobles 2004
PRICE
$65,000
COMMENTS
This Proof 1899 Half Sovereign is a golden opportunity. Your chance to acquire an extremely rare and highly important piece of proof gold, at the conservative price of $65,000. This coin is a showpiece of our industry. Tick the box for quality. It is brilliant and flawless. And tick the box for rarity. Exceedingly rare, only one other example has surfaced over the last century. And tick the box for importance. In 1899, the Footscray Football Club (now Western Bulldogs) won their second premiership in the club’s history. It is the coin that has it all ... including the price.
STATUS
Sold June 2020

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1893-Melbourne-Proof-Sovereign-rev-Large-July-2019
COIN
Proof 1893 Sovereign struck at the Melbourne Mint and one of two known
QUALITY
A brilliant and flawless FDC
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Perth
PRICE
$95,000
COMMENTS
This Proof Sovereign was struck at the Melbourne Mint in 1893. It is exceedingly rare. Only one other example has surfaced over the last century. It also is exceedingly important. In 1893, Australia changed the obverse portrait of the nation's sovereigns to depict Queen Victoria in her twilight years. Expertly crafted from 22 carat gold, the coin exudes luxury and wealth a dichotomy to the economic and social horrors of the year in which it was struck. And the city in which it was struck. For Australia in 1893 was experiencing a depression that lasted longer than anywhere else in the world and Melbourne was its epicentre. This Proof 1893 Sovereign is an enduring symbol of our past.
STATUS
Sold August 2020

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Proof-1932-Penny-Rev-June-2020
COIN
Proof 1932 Penny, Melbourne Mint
QUALITY
FDC, with full underlying brilliance, on both obverse and reverse
PROVENANCE
Spink Auction 1999
PRICE
$35,000
COMMENTS
Numismatic history and numismatic catalogues were re-written in 1999, when this Proof 1932 Penny appeared at auction. Up until then no one knew that a Proof Penny from 1932 even existed. As you would expect, the market reacted and frenetic bidding saw the coin sell for nearly seventy per cent above its pre-auction estimate. This is a stunning coin with impeccable mirror fields, full underlying copper brilliance on both obverse and reverse. The opaline colours of the obverse in particular are simply glorious.
STATUS
Sold June 2020

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1930-Penny-Very-Fine-rev-May-2020
COIN
1930 Penny, with a complete central diamond, and traces of the seventh and eighth pearls. As such, one of the best.
QUALITY
Good Very Fine
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Sydney
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 traces of the seventh and eighth pearl. 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 and glossy. We would place this coin in the top 5 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.
STATUS
Sold May 2020

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1855-Sydney-Mint-Sov-Date-Mood-February-2020
COIN
1855 Sydney Mint Sovereign
QUALITY
About Uncirculated
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Melbourne
PRICE
$38,000
COMMENTS
There are two things we know about high quality 1855 Sydney Mint Sovereigns. NUMBER ONE. They are extremely rare. You can count on the fingers of one hand the number of 1855 Sydney Mint Sovereigns we have sold at this quality level. NUMBER TWO. They are exceedingly important. The '55 Sovereign is the nation's very first sovereign and will always have pride of place in any collection. So, if quality 1855 Sydney Mint Sovereigns are difficult to find today, then they are going to be even more difficult to find as the years roll on. Which is why we believe that high quality 1855 Sydney Mint Sovereigns are great coins to tuck away for the future.
STATUS
Sold May 2020

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Proof-1928-Halfpenny-FDC-Rev-May-2020
COIN
Proof 1928 Halfpenny, Melbourne Mint
QUALITY
FDC with highly reflective, almost glass-like fields
PROVENANCE
Australian Coin Auctions March 2001, The Madrid Collection of Austraian Rare Coins
PRICE
$19,500
COMMENTS
Prices of Australian pre-decimal proofs rocketed between 2001 and 2002 when a collection of elite Proof Melbourne coppers came up at auction. This Proof 1928 Halfpenny was a part of the collection. The coins had never been sighted before, the vendor indicating that he had bought them from renowned collector Roy Farman in the 1950s. Farman, in turn, had held them from the day they were struck. We attended the auction and the competition for acquisition was as strong as we have ever seen. A case in point, this Proof 1928 Halfpenny, sold for $13,400 on a pre-auction estimate of $7500 and it is noted that the auction estimate reflected price guides at the time. And the reason for the heady prices?
STATUS
Sold May 2020

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1938-Proof-Penny-and-Half-Penny-Reverse-August-2019jpg
COIN
Proof 1938 Penny and Proof 1938 Halfpenny matched pair.
QUALITY
Superb FDC
PROVENANCE
John Jay Pitman, The Madrid Collection of Australian Rare Coins
PRICE
$30,000
COMMENTS
The saying that “GREAT COLLECTORS ONLY EVER OWN GREAT COINS” is exemplified in this stunning matched pair of Proof 1938 Penny and Proof 1938 Halfpenny. A superb FDC, with full copper brilliance, the coins were formerly held by renowned American collector John Jay Pitman and, in 2005, sold to the equally renowned Madrid Collection of Australian Rare Coins.
STATUS
Sold May 2020

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1852-Cracked-Die-Reverse-gVF-aEF-April-2020
COIN
The extremely rare 1852 Adelaide Pound Type I
QUALITY
Extremely Fine
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Sydney
PRICE
$165,000
COMMENTS
How would today's collectors react if Governor Lachlan Macquarie had set aside the first forty Holey Dollars. And the first forty Dumps. And produced them with an identifying mark that made them undeniably connected to the very first production run of Australia's very first coins. Over the moon I would have thought. Unwittingly that is exactly what die sinker and engraver Joshua Payne did when he set up the dies and commenced production of the nation's first gold coin at the Government Assay Office, Adelaide. The reverse die, with its simple, elegant beaded inner circle cracked, the mishap discovered only after forty-plus coins were produced. And then, when he swapped over the reverse die, he replaced it with one that had a completely different design. Joshua Payne's actions unknowingly created a rarity of the highest order, the Adelaide Pound Type I, struck during the very first production run of the nation's first gold coin. Defined by a reverse with the beaded inner circle and the tell-tale crack in the DWT area of the legend, perhaps forty examples are known. Technical shots are shown in READ MORE.
STATUS
Sold May 2020

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1813-Dump-2-Non-Date-February-2020
COIN
1813 Dump, a textbook example showing full details of the original Spanish Silver Dollar design. As such, extremely rare.
QUALITY
Good Very Fine / About Extremely Fine
PROVENANCE
Private Collection New South Wales
PRICE
$75,000
COMMENTS
The Numismatic Association of Australia (N.A.A.) is one of the industry's most venerated institutions. Their journal is professionally bound and presented to subscribers annually, the contributors to the journal are some of the finest numismatists of our time. When the N.A.A. decided to publish an article on William Henshall and his role as Australia's first Mint Master in striking the Holey Dollar and Dump ... they chose this coin as the sole front cover item of their publication. And with good reason. This Dump has unique qualities. Notice the outline of the lion. And the castle, with its battlements and windows. These are the design elements of the original Spanish Silver Dollar that Henshall used to create this coin. Its presence is highly prized. We have handled only one other Dump that so clearly displays its Spanish Silver Dollar origins. (A copy of the N.A.A. Journal will be provided with this coin.)
STATUS
Sold May 2020

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Proof-1928-Penny-FDC-Rev-May-2020
COIN
Proof 1928 Penny, Melbourne Mint
QUALITY
FDC with highly reflective, almost glass-like fields
PROVENANCE
Australian Coin Auctions March 2001, The Madrid Collection of Austraian Rare Coins
PRICE
$35,000
COMMENTS
Prices of Australian pre-decimal proofs rocketed between 2001 and 2002 when a collection of elite Proof Melbourne coppers came up at auction. This Proof 1928 Penny was a part of the collection. The coins had never been sighted before, the vendor indicating that he had bought them from renowned collector Roy Farman in the 1950s. Farman, in turn, had held them from the day they were struck. We attended the auction and the competition for acquisition was as strong as we have ever seen. A case in point, this Proof 1928 Penny, sold for $19,000 on a pre-auction estimate of $10,000 and it is noted that the auction estimate reflected price guides at the time. And the reason for the heady prices?
STATUS
Sold May 2020

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1930-Penny-2-Rev-October-2019
COIN
1930 Penny, with an almost complete central diamond and six plump pearls.
QUALITY
Nearly Very Fine / Very Fine
PROVENANCE
Held since the early '90s in a private collection, Melbourne
PRICE
$29,500 (Normal R.R.P. $34,500)
COMMENTS
This is a superb 1930 Penny, in the top 15 per cent of surviving examples, with an obverse grading of Nearly Very Fine and a reverse grading of Very Fine. Collectors will note the almost full central diamond and six very plump pearls in the king’s crown. Collectors will also take on board the price. Presented in a quality level of Nearly Very Fine, this coin is available at the same price as one graded two notches down at Good Fine and that's a $5000 price advantage over our normal R.R.P. So, if you have been sitting back watching the market and waiting for the "right" 1930 Penny to come along ... then this is the coin for you. Technical shots are provided in the READ MORE section below.
STATUS
Sold April 2020

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1852-Adelaide-Pound-Type-II-Reverse-gEF-April-2020
COIN
1852 Adelaide Pound Type II
QUALITY
About Uncirculated
PROVENANCE
Held since 2002 in a private collection, Melbourne.
PRICE
$39,500
COMMENTS
There are two aspects we always consider when we are checking out an Adelaide Pound Type II. First up is the eye appeal. For us, the coin must look good. And secondly, we look at the strength of the strike, just how well the design was executed during the minting process. This Adelaide Pound scores highly on both counts. It is an impressive example of the nation’s first gold coin, well preserved with original golden lustre, particularly strong on the reverse. And the design has been well executed, the crown is strong, the edge denticles are complete (making it a definite exception to those most commonly found) and the legend Government Assay Office is exceptionally strong (again an exception). And this stunning Adelaide Pound Type II is available now. Technical shots are in the READ MORE section.
STATUS
Sold April 2020

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1930-Penny-1-Rev-October-2019-
COIN
1930 Penny, with a partial central diamond and six pearls.
QUALITY
Good Fine / Very Fine
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Melbourne
PRICE
$25,000 (Normal R.R.P $29,500)
COMMENTS
This is simply a great 1930 Penny. The obverse is graded Good 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. Collectors will also take on board the price. Presented in a quality level of Good Fine, this coin is available at the same price as one graded one notch down at Fine. It is our MARCH/APRIL SPECIAL, offering a price advantage of $4500 over our normal R.R.P. If you have been sitting back watching the market and waiting for the 'right' 1930 Penny to come along ... then this is the coin for you.
STATUS
Sold March 2020

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1930-Penny-6-Rev-October-2019
COIN
1930 Penny, with a full central diamond and eight pearls. One of the absolute finest.
QUALITY
Extremely Fine
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Melbourne.
PRICE
$165,000
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 FOUR 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. In the READ MORE section, we have included close-up photographs of this coin and, as a point of comparison, an average quality 1930 Penny. It makes for interesting viewing.
STATUS
Sold March 2020

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1893-Bank-of-Adelaide-banner
NOTE
1893 Bank of Adelaide One Pound
QUALITY
Specimen
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Sydney
PRICE
$9500
COMMENTS
You will have a fabulous insight into Australia’s early financial history with this extremely rare 1893 Bank of Adelaide One Pound. The Bank of Adelaide was incorporated by an Act of Parliament under a Deed of Settlement on 5 December 1865, with an authorized capital of £250,000 in 50,000 £5 shares. Regarded as a pillar of the Adelaide establishment, the Bank of Adelaide was named after the city in which it was formed. This One Pound Specimen note survives today as one of twenty known examples.
STATUS
Sold February 2020

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1800-Holey-Dollar-Mexico-goodFine-rev-February-2020-
COIN
1813 Holey Dollar, struck from an 1800 Mexico Mint Spanish Silver Dollar.
QUALITY
Fine
PROVENANCE
Private Collection New South Wales
PRICE
$80,000
COMMENTS
The 1813 Holey Dollar is the nation's first coin. Its standing means that it is a very valuable piece. The coin also is extremely rare with less than 200 examples available to collectors. Over the past few years that has been a noticeable increase in demand for Holey Dollars, steadily pushing prices higher. Securing a quality Holey Dollar priced below $100,000 has become a very difficult task. Which is why this coin is so appealing. Yes, it has circulated but the design details of the original Spanish Dollar are clear. And the over-stamping of New South Wales and the date 1813 is strong. This coin will make owning a Holey Dollar a reality for just one buyer. It is affordable. Conservatively priced, it offers excellent buying value.
STATUS
Sold February 2020

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1798-Holey-dollar-Mexico-VF-Fine-rev-February-2020
COIN
1813 Holey Dollar, counter-stamped 'T. Knight'
QUALITY
Good Fine / Very Fine
PROVENANCE
Private Collection New South Wales
PRICE
$95,000
COMMENTS
If you can incorporate the word ‘exceptional’ into a coin’s description, its investment value is enhanced. Exceptional quality. Exceptional rarity. That word ‘exceptional’ is simply the qualification that your coin stands out from the rest making it more appealing to any potential buyer. And so, it is with this coin. This Holey Dollar is distinguished as being the very finest of the T. Knight counter-stamped Holey Dollars.
STATUS
Sold February 2020

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1805-Holey-Dollar-MM-gVF-Date-side-December-2019
COIN
1813 Holey Dollar struck from an 1805 Mexico Mint Silver Dollar
QUALITY
Good Very Fine / Extremely Fine
PROVENANCE
Maurice Eschwege, Captain H. Paget, Albert Bagnall, Philip Spalding.
PRICE
$265,000
COMMENTS
There is an immeasurable pride in owning an example of Australia’s first coin, the Holey Dollar. And if you can open not one, but TWO, of the most respected books on Holey Dollars and see your coin detailed and illustrated, then the feelings go even deeper. It is an affirmation of the proud history that accompanies your coin. And so it is with this Holey Dollar. It is illustrated in Philip Spalding's esteemed book, “The World of the Holey Dollar”. And the internationally respected “Holey Dollars of New South Wales” by Messrs. Mira & Noble. And it is true that only a handful of collectors can ever lay claim to having their Holey Dollars in both books.
STATUS
Sold February 2020

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1930-Penny-Fine-Rev-Large-December-2019
COIN
1930 Penny with a hint of the central diamond and six pearls
QUALITY
Fine
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Melbourne
PRICE
$21,000
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 the hint of a 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 $21,000.
STATUS
Sold February 2020

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1877-Bank-of-Melbourne-5-Pound-Specimen-Tech-January-2020
NOTE
1877 City of Melbourne Bank Ltd Five Pounds
QUALITY
Specimen
PROVENANCE
Bradbury & Wilkinson Archives, Spink London 2010
PRICE
$8500
COMMENTS
This 1877 City of Melbourne Bank Ltd Five Pounds is an extremely rare, historically important pre federation banknote from Melbourne’s golden era. It offers a fabulous insight into Australia’s early currency history.
STATUS
Sold February 2020

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1813-Dump-gVF-small-date-side-September-2019
COIN
1813 Dump, design type A/1
QUALITY
Good Very Fine
PROVENANCE
Dr. John Chapman
PRICE
$75,000
COMMENTS
A Good Very Fine 1813 Dump is a high quality piece and is genuinely hard to find. A chance opportunity. A Good Very Fine 1813 Dump that has been owned by Dr. John Chapman is a once-in-a-decade opportunity. Dr John Chapman has been involved in the Australian numismatic market as a foremost collector for as long as we can remember. He is as learned as he is well respected and this Dump was part of his prized collection. It is a coin that has all the attributes that a collector would look for in a colonial Dump including the original Spanish Dollar design (particularly strong), complete denticles and the presence of the ‘H’ for Henshall on the reverse. It is an impactful coin, the very reason why respected author and numismatist Greg McDonald features it in his annual Pocket Price Guide. And has so for many, many years. Technical shots are provided.
STATUS
Sold January 2020

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Proof-1936-Penny-FDC-Rev-December-2019
COIN
Proof 1936 Penny
QUALITY
FDC
PROVENANCE
Australian Coin Auctions February 2002, Madrid Collection of Australian Rare Coins
PRICE
$45,000
COMMENTS
Prices of Australian pre-decimal proofs rocketed between 2000 and 2002 when a collection of elite Proof Melbourne coppers came up at auction. This Proof 1936 was a part of the collection. The coins had never been sighted before, the vendor indicating that he had bought them in the 1950s from renowned collector Roy Farman. He, in turn, had held them from the day they were struck. We attended the auction and the competition for acquisition was amazing, as strong as we have ever seen. A case in point, this Proof 1936 Penny, sold for more than three times its pre-auction estimate of $8000 and it is noted that the auction estimates reflected price guides at the time. And the reason for the heady prices?
STATUS
Sold January 2020

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1852-Adelaide-Pound-Type-II-Obv-Date-Unc-December-2019
COIN
1852 Adelaide Pound with crenelated inner circle (Type II)
QUALITY
Uncirculated with underlying golden lustre, the obverse fully lustrous and proof-like
PROVENANCE
Private Collection New South Wales
PRICE
$75,000
COMMENTS
This 1852 Adelaide Pound is offered in a remarkable state. The grading level is Uncirculated, so it has never been used. And the coin is lustrous, in fact fully lustrous on the reverse and almost proof-like. There is only one explanation that we can offer as to its condition. The coin must have been tucked away soon after it was created. Dealers are aware. As are collectors. This coin offers a level of quality that is rarely offered. This is the second only Uncirculated Type II Adelaide Pound that we have offered over the past five years.
STATUS
Sold January 2020

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Proof-1926-Halfpenny-Rev-October-2019
COIN
Proof 1926 Halfpenny, Melbourne Mint
QUALITY
FDC
PROVENANCE
Spink Noble Numismatics, July 1993
PRICE
$17,500
COMMENTS
This Proof 1926 Halfpenny impressed the market when it came up at auction in July 1993. Competitive bidding saw it sell for $3000, well in excess of its then catalogue value and pre-auction estimate of $2000. The competitive bidding reflects the defining properties of the coin and its outstanding quality traits. This Proof 1926 Halfpenny was struck at the Melbourne Mint as a Coin of Record. Take it under the light and it is everything that you would expect from a proof coin. Super smooth, mirror-like surfaces radiating stunning colours. The extra bonus is that the coin has retained some original copper brilliance, particularly on the obverse. Furthermore, it is rare. This coin is the only Proof 1926 Halfpenny we have sold.
STATUS
Sold November 2019.

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1852-Adelaide-Pound-TypeII-Obv-July-2019
COIN
The Mortimer Hammel 1852 Adelaide Pound Type 2
QUALITY
Brilliant Uncirculated
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Sydney
PRICE
$185,000
COMMENTS
There are Adelaide Pounds. And then there is the HAMMEL Adelaide Pound, so named because it was formerly owned by one of the world's greatest 20th century gold coin collectors, Mortimer Hammel. It is one of the absolute finest examples of Australia’s first gold coin and when viewed it simply glows. Its highly lustrous, brilliant state implies that the coin must have been put aside soon after minting and has had special care ever since its striking. The person who acquires this Adelaide Pound will take their place in history, permanently associating themselves with both the coin and the famous Hammel name.
STATUS
Sold October 2019.

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1852 Adelaide Pound EF rev September 2017
COIN
1852 Adelaide Pound
QUALITY
Extremely Fine
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Victoria
PRICE
$32,000
COMMENTS
For most Australian rare coin collectors, acquiring an 1852 Adelaide Pound fulfils a lifetime’s ambition. The coin holds a special place in Australia’s history and in the hearts of Australian rare coin collectors like no other. Struck one year after gold was discovered in Victoria in 1851, it is the nation’s very first gold coin. The Adelaide Pound is rare, so finding an example that doesn't break the bank is no easy task. Which is why we are so excited about this coin. It is genuinely tough to secure an Adelaide Pound that fits our protocols, is well presented and is suitable to most collector's budgets. This is an extremely attractive 1852 Adelaide Pound and shows minimal effects of circulation. It is a piece that you will be proud to show your family and friends.
STATUS
Sold October 2019.

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1959 Melbourne Mint Proof Set FDC February 2019
COIN
1959 Melbourne Mint Proof Set - and our bonus offer of a 1963 Melbourne Mint Proof Set
QUALITY
FDC
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Victoria
PRICE
$5950
COMMENTS
When this 1959 Melbourne Mint Proof Set came across the counter our eyes lit up. It is unequivocally one of the finest we have seen. The 1959 Melbourne Mint Proof Set is notoriously difficult to acquire in top quality mainly due to the state of the copper penny and halfpenny. The coins tone. And while toning is quite obviously acceptable in the numismatic industry, for whatever reason the 1959 Proof Penny and the 1959 Proof Halfpenny tend to tone to a different degree and look mismatched. It is the state of the copper proofs within the 1959 Proof Set that leads us to say that, if you are a collector that is driven by quality, the 1959 Melbourne Mint Proof Set is the most difficult to acquire out of the entire series. As the photograph shows, the four silver coins are stunning, the two coppers superbly matched with original copper brilliance under a very light smoky toning.
STATUS
Sold October 2019.

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Five Pounds front March 2019
COIN
1939 Sheehan McFarlane Five Pounds R45
QUALITY
Uncirculated
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Adelaide
PRICE
$8500
COMMENTS
Original Uncirculated quality. "Music" to a banknote collector's ears. Particularly when you are referring to a note that was issued at the commencement of World War II. Over and above its brilliant state, this 1939 Sheehan McFarlane Five Pounds is historically significant as the first Five Pounds of the George VI era. It is extremely rare and very affordable and is a far-sighted piece to tuck away for the future either for yourself, for your children or your grandchildren.
STATUS
Sold September 2019.

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1930-Penny-VF-Reverse-August-2019
COIN
1930 Penny
QUALITY
Very Fine. High quality and extremely attractive.
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Melbourne.
PRICE
$40,000
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. And price watchers will note that this 1930 Penny has been favourably priced.
STATUS
Sold September 2019.

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1852-Adelaide-Pound-Cracked-die-Obv-July-2019
COIN
The Mortimer Hammel 1852 Cracked Die Adelaide Pound
QUALITY
Uncirculated
PROVENANCE
Mortimer Hammel Collection, sold Stacks New York September 1982
PRICE
$600,000
COMMENTS
This coin is a prized piece. It ticks all the boxes. Quality. Rarity. Pedigree. And historical standing. The 1852 Cracked Die Adelaide Pound has an exalted position in Australia’s currency history as the nation’s first gold coin. Furthermore it was minted in the very first production run of Adelaide Pounds. What we know today is that forty Cracked Die Adelaide Pounds are in collector’s hands and most of them have circulated with more than fifty per cent heavily circulated. The reality is that of the forty known Cracked Dies, only three are Uncirculated and this coin is one of the three, formerly owned by renowned gold coin collector, American Mortimer Hammel.
STATUS
Sold August 2019.

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1930-Penny-Good-Fine-about-Very-Fine-Rev-July-2019
COIN
1930 Penny - and our bonus offer of a Choice Uncirculated Melbourne Mint 1930 Sovereign.
QUALITY
Good Fine / Very Fine. And one of the nicest we have sold.
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Melbourne
PRICE
$29,500
COMMENTS
This 1930 Penny is the classic example of a coin that has circulated but has miraculously survived its time in circulation unscathed. We regard it as one of the nicest 1930 Pennies that we have sold. A glance at the photos, both mood and technical, shows it to be so. With this coin you can tick the box for QUALITY. The coin has survived its time in circulation with minimal affect. You can also tick the box on PRICE for at $29,500 this 1930 Penny is advantageously priced. (In our view it is a $30,000-plus coin.) But there is a third box relating to this coin that must be ticked. And that's the box titled VALUE FOR MONEY for over the next three weeks we are giving away a Choice Uncirculated 1930 Melbourne Mint Sovereign with every 1930 Penny sold. A great 1930 Penny has now become even greater with our bonus offer.
STATUS
Sold August 2019.

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1921-Square-Penny-Type-12-Unc-rev-July-2019
COIN
1921 Square Penny
QUALITY
Uncirculated
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Adelaide
PRICE
$40,000
COMMENTS
This coin, the 1921 Square Penny, is the most popular coin in the entire kookaburra square coin series. It has the exclusivity that rare coin buyers are seeking. One high quality Square Penny of this style would appear on the market perhaps once every year ... rare in anyone's language. And importantly, for buyers, this Square Penny is affordable.
STATUS
Sold July 2019.

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1852-Adelaide-Pound-Type-II-EF-obv-July-2019
COIN
1852 Adelaide Pound, second die with crenelated inner circle
QUALITY
Extremely Fine
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Melbourne
PRICE
$32,000
COMMENTS
The 1852 Adelaide Pound holds a very special place in Australia's history as the nation's first gold coin. It is an iconic Australian numismatic rarity, as is the 1930 Penny, the 1813 Holey Dollar and the 1813 Dump. Its status as Australia’s first gold coin ensures that it will always be sought after and strengthens its investment value. Its investment value is also enhanced by its rarity for we estimate that perhaps 250 examples are available to collectors, across all quality levels. The Adelaide Pound is a valuable coin so finding an example that doesn’t break the bank can be challenging which is why we are so excited by this coin. The coin has fared extremely well during its time in circulation, is well presented and is offered in a very popular price range.
STATUS
Sold July 2019.

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1955-Melbourne-Mint-Proof-Set-FDC-July-2019
COIN
1955 Melbourne Mint Proof Set - and our bonus offer of a 1963 Melbourne Mint Proof Set
QUALITY
FDC
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Melbourne
PRICE
$4500
COMMENTS
A proof penny with original copper brilliance. And three glorious silver proofs, the shilling, sixpence and threepence. The four coins together make up a complete 1955 Melbourne Mint Proof Set. This Set is as IMPORTANT as it is RARE. Rare because only 1200 sets were issued. (This being one of the finest around.) Important because '1955' was the very first year that the Melbourne Mint commenced a proof coining program for collectors. And this 1955 Proof Set kick-started the series. (This 1955 Melbourne Mint Proof Set has attracted our BONUS OFFER of a free 1963 Melbourne Mint Proof Set. See below in the Read More section.)
STATUS
Sold July 2019.

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1930 Penny about VF rev March 2019
COIN
1930 Penny - and our bonus offer of a Choice Uncirculated Melbourne Mint 1930 Sovereign.
QUALITY
about Very Fine / Very Fine
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Melbourne
PRICE
$34,500
COMMENTS
We love this coin. And in fact, we were the under bidder when it was offered at a Sydney Auction several years ago, outgunned by a very determined and experienced Victorian collector. (The same vendor also owned the third finest known 1930 Penny that we sold last year for $150,000 so he has a great eye for quality.) The collector has been passionate about coins since he was a child. Now approaching retirement, he has consigned this prized gem to Coinworks for private sale. Our view on the coin today is exactly the same as it was a few years ago when we entered the auction room. It's just a really impressive 1930 Penny made even more impressive by our bonus offer of a Choice Uncirculated 1930 Melbourne Mint Sovereign.
STATUS
Sold July 2019.

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1921 Proof STAR Shilling rev March 2019
COIN
Proof 1921 Star Shilling
QUALITY
FDC
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Melbourne
PRICE
$95,000
COMMENTS
The greatness and the historical significance of Australia’s proof coinage is exemplified in the Proof 1930 Penny. And this coin, the Proof 1921 Star Shilling. Both coins are numismatic greats and capture grand moments in time. And both coins are rare. Three examples of the Proof 1930 Penny are privately held. And only ONE of the Proof 1921 Star Shilling. This coin.
STATUS
Sold June 2019.

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1896 Proof Half Sovereign rev FROSTED B&B October 2017
COIN
Proof 1896 Half Sovereign
QUALITY
Superb FDC
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Melbourne
PRICE
$80,000
COMMENTS
In 2018, proof gold emerged as one of the most fiercely contested areas of the rare coin market. Prices paid at auction for proof sovereigns and proof half sovereigns surged by about 20 per cent, the consequence of infrequent availability and an expanding market thirsting for top quality rarities. Now while it is true that gold is Australia’s most popular collecting metal, the key to the growth in proof gold has been its inordinate scarcity. Buyers know that there is NEVER a chance that the market will be flooded with examples. The scarcity has simply given the market the confidence to buy. This 1896 Proof Half Sovereign is a case in point. The coin is one of three examples recorded over the last half century.
STATUS
Sold June 2019.

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1888-Proof-sovereign-June-2019
COIN
Proof 1888 Melbourne Mint Sovereign
QUALITY
Superb FDC
PROVENANCE
Philip Spalding, Private Collection Western Australia
PRICE
$125,000
COMMENTS
This Proof 1888 Sovereign is one of two examples recorded over the last half century. The coin is as luxurious as it is rare. And the date 1888 is simply the icing on the cake. It’s the bonus that makes one of Australia’s grand gold coin rarities, even grander. (Technical shots are provided in READ MORE.)
STATUS
Sold June 2019.

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1949-Proof-Halfpenny-Rev-June-2019
COIN
1949 Perth Mint Proof Halfpenny
QUALITY
FDC
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Western Australia
PRICE
$17,500
COMMENTS
The 1949 Proof Halfpenny struck at the Perth Mint is inordinately scarce. In a career that spans nearly half a century, this coin is the SECOND only example that we have sold. We looked to research conducted by John Sharples for a possible explanation as to its extreme rarity. And we got it. Sharples was National Editor of the Journal of the Numismatic Association of Australia and Curator of Australia’s National Archive Collection and in 1995 published an article that examined the Perth Mint Proof Record Coins of 1940 to 1954. He examined the distribution of proofs by analysing the “out-book”, entries that correlated to the despatch of proof coins to local and overseas museums and institutions. Sharples could not find any evidence in the "out-book" of the distribution of the 1949 Proof Halfpenny. History now tells us that proofs were definitely struck. But perhaps the mintage was minuscule. The very reason why they are so rare in today’s marketplace. Technical shots are provided.
STATUS
Sold June 2019

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1921-Square-Halfpenny-FDC-Rev-July-2019
COIN
1921 Square Halfpenny
QUALITY
Choice Uncirculated
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Queensland
PRICE
$125,000
COMMENTS
We estimate there are about 150 Square Pennies available to collectors, of varying dates and designs. At the same time there are about 12 Square Halfpennies. So, if you are a Square Penny collector and you want a Square Halfpenny, then consider that there could be at least TEN other buyers searching for that same prized halfpenny acquisition. It’s these odds 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.
STATUS
Sold June 2019.

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1930-Penny-Fine-REV--Large-June-2019
COIN
1930 Penny - and our bonus offer of a Choice Uncirculated Melbourne Mint 1930 Sovereign.
QUALITY
Fine Plus / about Very Fine
PROVENANCE
Private Collection New South Wales
PRICE
$24,500
COMMENTS
With this 1930 Penny you can tick the box for QUALITY. The coin has survived its time in circulation with minimal affect. You can also tick the box on PRICE for at $24,500 this 1930 Penny is advantageously priced. But there is a third box relating to this coin that must also be ticked. And that's the box titled VALUE FOR MONEY for over the next three weeks we are giving away a Choice Uncirculated 1930 Melbourne Mint Sovereign with every 1930 Penny sold. A great 1930 Penny has now become even greater with our bonus offer.
STATUS
Sold June 2019

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1931 Proof Penny FDC Reverse February 2019
COIN
Proof 1931 Penny
QUALITY
FDC
PROVENANCE
Noble Numismatics July 2001, The Madrid Collection of Australian Rare Coins.
PRICE
$45,000
COMMENTS
A provenance can say a lot about a coin. And it speaks volumes about this superb Proof 1931 Penny for it was especially selected for the owner of the Madrid Collection of Australian Rare coins in 2001. A passionate collector of Australian proof coppers, his clear buying focus was for QUALITY and RARITY and he found both with this coin. Superb crisp design detail under handsome light smoky toning. Smooth fields. His quest for rarity was satisfied in the knowledge that only three Proof 1931 Pennies were known. There was one other attribute that inspired the owner of the Madrid Collection of Australian Rare Coins. He respected and appreciated the importance of 'key dates' and sought them out whenever the opportunity arose. And he was keenly aware that the year '1931' is an important date in the penny series.
STATUS
Sold June 2019

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1882S Young Head Shield Gem Unc obv October 2018
COIN
1882 Sydney Mint Young Head Shield Half Sovereign
QUALITY
Gem Uncirculated
PROVENANCE
Barrie Winsor Collection
PRICE
$30,000
COMMENTS
The 1882 Half Sovereign struck at the Sydney Mint is one of the absolute key dates of the Young Head Series. And this coin at Gem Uncirculated is the finest known. That’s a powerful combination. The finest. Of the scarcest. Two attributes that make this coin an ideal choice for the pure investor or the collector that wants to relish in the pleasure of owning the very best. And note the provenance. The coin was acquired from Barrie Winsor who indicated that it came from Knightsbridge Coins, London, the same source that provided the example housed in the Quartermaster collection. Technical photos are provided in the READ MORE section.
STATUS
Sold May 2019.

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1810 Holey Dollar Obv Mood August
COIN
1813 Holey Dollar struck from a Ferdinand VII 1810, Mexico Mint, Spanish Silver Dollar.
QUALITY
About Extremely Fine
PROVENANCE
John Gartner (Editor of the Australian Coin Review), Philip Spalding. Technical references ... Philip Spalding No. 197 (Page 220), Mira Noble 1810/2 (Page 67 )
PRICE
$450,000
COMMENTS
The opportunity to acquire one of the finest - and one of the rarest - Holey Dollars comes to very few collectors. Struck from a Ferdinand VII Spanish Silver Dollar this Holey Dollar is one of the absolute rarest. Only TWELVE Ferdinand VII Holey Dollars are privately owned. And with coin and counter stamps at about Extremely Fine, this Holey Dollar is absolutely, one of the finest. The accolades continue with this coin. Philip Spalding rated this coin as “One of the Top Dollars” and featured it in his book "The World of the Holey Dollar". We rate it similarly. It is one of the very best.
STATUS
Sold March 2019

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1852 Adelaide Pound Type II Choice Unc rev February 2019
COIN
The Eliasberg 1852 Adelaide Pound Type II
QUALITY
Brilliant Uncirculated
PROVENANCE
Louis E. Eliasberg
PRICE
$165,000
COMMENTS
There are Adelaide Pounds. And then there is the ELIASBERG Adelaide Pound, so named because it was formerly owned by one of the world's greatest 20th century collectors Louis E. Eliasberg. It is one of the absolute finest examples of Australia’s first gold coin and when viewed it simply glows. Its highly lustrous, brilliant state implies that the coin must have been put aside soon after minting and has had special care ever since its striking. The person who acquires this Adelaide Pound will take their place in history, permanently associating themselves with both the coin and the famous Eliasberg name. Technical shots shown in READ MORE.
STATUS
Sold March 2019.

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1920 Melbourne Mint Proof Penny FDC reverse February 2019
COIN
1920 Proof Penny (dot below scroll)
QUALITY
FDC
PRICE
$70,000
COMMENTS
Prices of Australian pre-decimal proofs rocketed in the year 2000 following the appearance of this 1920 Proof Penny at a Melbourne Auction. The only known example in private hands, the coin was the showpiece of a small collection of proof coppers that had been struck at the Melbourne Mint between 1920 and 1932. The coins had never been sighted before. The vendor indicated that he had bought the collection in the 1950s from renowned collector Roy Farman who had held them from the day they were struck. We attended the auction and the competition for acquisition was amazing, as strong as we have ever seen. The coins sold for prices that were almost double estimate and it is noted that pre-auction estimates reflected price guides at the time. And the reason for the heady prices?
STATUS
Sold February 2019.

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1855 Sydney Mint Sov date side mood July 2018
COIN
1855 Sydney Mint Sovereign
QUALITY
Extremely Fine
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Melbourne
PRICE
$17,500
COMMENTS
This 1855 Sydney Mint Sovereign is presented in Extremely Fine, with minimal marks in the field and original lustre in the legend on both the obverse and reverse. Given the superior quality of this coin we ask the question. Which coin is the more difficult to acquire in this superior state? The 1855 Sydney Mint Sovereign or the 1852 Adelaide Pound? First gold sovereign or first gold pound? From an examination of auction records – and our own experience - the answer is very clearly, the 1855 Sydney Mint Sovereign. In fact, our first sovereign is four times harder to find than the Adelaide Pound. Technical shots are shown below and we have included a chart that shows the genuine scarcity of the 1855 Sovereign in the upper quality levels.
STATUS
Sold February 2019.

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1930 Penny good Fine 2 rev November 2018
COIN
1930 Penny
QUALITY
Good Fine / About 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. 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 Good Fine. The reverse is graded higher again at About Very Fine with strong upper and lower scrolls and well defined inner beading.
STATUS
Sold February 2019.

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1923 Halfpenny date side July 2018
COIN
1923 Halfpenny
QUALITY
Choice Uncirculated
PROVENANCE
Madrid Collection of Australian Rare Coins
PRICE
$75,000
COMMENTS
This Choice Uncirculated 1923 Halfpenny was acquired in 2008 by the owner of the Madrid Collection of Australian Rare Coins. It was, at the time, one of two elite 1923 Halfpennies that came to the market for private sale. The first coin was the unique Proof 1923 Halfpenny. The second coin was this example: a coin that was originally struck for circulation but had survived the production process and preserved in an almost proof-like state. Our client was not influenced by the dollars involved, he had the capacity to acquire both pieces. But he opted for the latter. He is one of many collectors that respect the magnitude of top quality ‘circulating’ coins over of the substance of proof coinage.
STATUS
Sold January 2019.

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scan 1 1934 Riddle Sheehan £1 Rev
NOTE
1933 Riddle Sheehan One Pound R28
QUALITY
Uncirculated
PRICE
$3250
COMMENTS
That great value is to be had in the banknote market is clearly evidenced in this George V Riddle Sheehan One Pound. Every box is ticked. The note introduced a new design, and that’s important to collectors. It offers quality that can’t be improved upon at Uncirculated. Issued in an era that is especially popular, George V. And available at a price that is very affordable.
STATUS
Sold December 2018.

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20 Spanish Dollars front view November 2018
NOTE
Bank of New South Wales, Twenty Spanish Dollars, issued 1 January 1824
QUALITY
Good Fine
PROVENANCE
The Ross Pratley Collection. The Madrid Collection of Australian Rare Coins.
PRICE
$350,000
COMMENTS
Retired numismatic dealer, Ross Pratley, was passionate about Australia’s history and the role that currency plays in defining and recording our past. He indulged his passion through the acquisition of pre-federation banknotes, including this spectacular colonial rarity. And by accumulating one of the finest collections of Australian half sovereigns the nation has ever seen for as a dealer, he had access to the very best. This 1824 Bank of New South Wales Twenty Spanish Dollars was issued on 1 January 1824 and entered in the bank’s ledger as note number 31164. It was Pratley’s prized possession. A profoundly important piece of colonial history. Tangible evidence of the brief window in Australia’s past when the influence of the Spanish Silver Dollar was at its zenith and the finances of the penal colony of New South Wales were expressed in Spanish Silver Dollars. Our first decimal banknote as such. Made even more important by the note’s rarity. While two examples are held as museum pieces in Westpac Archives, this is the only example privately held. Collectors and investors alike will appreciate the value that this wonderful piece of Australiana presents when you consider that 200 Holey Dollars are available to collectors. And only one of this banknote.
STATUS
Sold November 2018.

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1852 Adelaide Pound Type II about EF rev Large Mood October 2018
COIN
1852 Adelaide Pound, second die with crenelated inner circle
QUALITY
good Very Fine - about Extremely Fine
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Melbourne
PRICE
$17,500
COMMENTS
The 1852 Adelaide Pound holds a very special in Australia's history as the nation's first gold coin. It was struck at the Government Office in Adelaide from 22 carat gold brought from the Victorian goldfields. Its status as our first gold coin ensures that it will always be sought after and underpins its investment value. Its investment value is also preserved by its rarity for the industry estimates that perhaps 250 examples are available to collectors, across all quality levels. The Adelaide Pound is a valuable coin so finding an example that doesn’t break the bank can be challenging which is why we are so excited by this coin. The coin has fared extremely well during its time in circulation, is well presented and is offered in a price range that is suitable to most collector's budgets.
STATUS
Sold November 2018

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1856 Sovereign date side replacement 160928-9907
COIN
1856 Sydney Mint Sovereign
QUALITY
Good Extremely Fine / About Uncirculated
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Sydney
PRICE
$ 35,000
COMMENTS
A fascination with coins as a child, and a passion for colonial history as an adult, saw a Sydney resident pursue the Sydney Mint Sovereign series over a twenty year period. His focus was on quality, but in the case of rare date sovereigns (such as the 1855 and 1856) he held a number of examples. This superb 1856 Sydney Mint Sovereign is one such coin from his collection.
STATUS
Sold November 2018

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1930M Proof Sovereign rev Large November 2018
COIN
Proof 1930 Melbourne Mint Sovereign
QUALITY
Superb FDC
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Melbourne
PRICE
$125,000
COMMENTS
In 2018, proof gold has emerged as one of the most fiercely contested areas of the rare coin market. Over the last twelve months, prices paid at auction for proof sovereigns and proof half sovereigns have surged by about 20 per cent, the consequence of increased demand. Now while it is true that gold is Australia’s most popular collecting metal, the key to the growth in proof gold has been its inordinate scarcity. Buyers know that there is never a chance that the market will be flooded with examples. The scarcity has simply given the market the confidence to buy. This coin is a case in point. We are aware of two Proof 1930 Melbourne Mint Sovereigns. This coin, sold by private treaty in the 1990s through Monetarium Sydney and now in our hands. And one other example that appeared at public auction in 1988. But that’s as far as it goes for the year 1930. And proof sovereigns. The Sydney Mint was not producing coins having closed in 1926 and it is on record that the Perth Mint did not strike proofs in 1930, the year of the Great Depression.
STATUS
Sold November 2018

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1927 Proof Canberra Florin rev Large April 2018
COIN
1927 Proof Canberra Florin
QUALITY
FDC
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Melbourne
PRICE
$ 25,000
COMMENTS
The original intention of proof coining was to create a numismatic masterpiece that would represent an era in Australia's history and tell a story that was an indelible part of our nation's past. The Melbourne Mint created a numismatic masterpiece when it struck the 1927 Proof Canberra Florin. The Duke of York officially opened Parliament House in Canberra on 9 May 1927. To commemorate the occasion, the Government authorised the minting of the Canberra Florin featuring Parliament House on the reverse and George V on the obverse. The Melbourne Mint issued 400 limited edition collector coins struck to proof quality. This coin is a superb example from the original mintage.
STATUS
Sold November 2018

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1855 Sydney Mint Sovereign good EF about Unc B&B December 2017
COIN
1855 Sydney Mint Sovereign
QUALITY
Good Extremely Fine
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Sydney
PRICE
$35,000
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 Good Extremely Fine ’55 sovereign are genuinely scarce. More than 18 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 November 2018.

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1930 Penny good Fine - about Very Fine rev October 2018
COIN
1930 Penny
QUALITY
Nearly Very Fine
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Melbourne
PRICE
$29,500
COMMENTS
This is simply a great 1930 Penny. Market watchers will note the almost full central diamond and the six very plump pearls. Market watchers will also take on board the price. It is our OCTOBER SPECIAL, offering a price advantage of $7500 over our normal R.R.P. This coin offers genuine value and for that very reason we really don't believe it will sit on the shelf for long. The vendor has held the coin for many, many years but is now eager to facilitate a quick sale. So if you have been sitting back watching the market and waiting for the "right" 1930 Penny to come along ... then this is the coin for you. Technical shots have been included in the READ MORE SECTION. In a presentation befitting the coin, this 1930 Penny is presented in a handsome black presentation case, with accompanying photographs and Certificate of Authenticity.
STATUS
Sold November 2018.

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1955-63 PDP's Group Shot October 2018
COIN
Collection of Melbourne and Perth Mint Proof Coins (1955 – 1963)
QUALITY
FDC
PROVENANCE
Private Collection
PRICE
Available individually
COMMENTS
The Melbourne and Perth Proofs struck from 1955 to 1963 come high on our list of recommendations to clients. For themselves. For children. Or a nice little nest-egg to tuck away for grandchildren. So, when Melbourne journalist Anthony Black asked Coinworks to list ten-coin rarities that were priced below $5000 and, that we believed, were destined for growth. The Melbourne and Perth Mint Proofs were at the very top of our list. The sets are visually attractive and very affordable, appealing to a wide buying audience. Each is a stand-alone rarity, so they can be acquired progressively one year at a time with no pressure on buyers to complete the series.
STATUS
Sold November 2018

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1793 Holey Dollar Rev Mood August 2018
COIN
1813 Holey Dollar struck from a 1793, Mexico Mint, Spanish Silver Dollar
QUALITY
Fair
PRICE
$49,500
COMMENTS
You hold history in your hand when you own a Holey Dollar. And you will create 'new' history by joining its former owners, the collectors for whom this coin was a prized possession. In the case of this Holey Dollar, its first recorded sale occurred in 1889 when it was purchased by E. Best, resident of Tasmania and subsequently passed to one of his relatives circa 1927. The impact of owning such a great historical piece is even more profound when you open the book, ‘The Holey Dollars of New South Wales’ by Messrs. Mira and Noble and find your coin photographed and officially recorded as one of the almost 300 surviving examples. A copy of the Catalogue accompanies the sale.
STATUS
Sold September 2018.

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1794 Holey Dollar Obv Mood August 2018
COIN
1813 Holey Dollar struck from a 1794, Potosi Mint, Spanish Silver Dollar
QUALITY
Good Fine
PROVENANCE
Spink Australia Auction 14, November 1984
PRICE
$95,000
COMMENTS
This Holey Dollar has the two words ‘POTOSI MINT’ in its description and those two words place it in a class all on its own. Holey Dollars that were created from silver dollars struck at the Potosi Mint in Bolivia are the RAREST of the rare. In 1988 Messrs. Mira and Noble catalogued and published a record of the known surviving Holey Dollars identifying those that were held by private collectors and those held in institutions. Only 15 privately owned coins had ties to the Potosi Mint. Next up for availability was the Lima Mint in Peru with 17 available; the Mexico Mint being the most frequently sighted with 143 recorded examples. We note that we have only ever handled four Potosi Mint Holey Dollars, and this coin is one of the four.
STATUS
Sold August 2018

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1813 NSW Dump A1 Unc reverse Large SEO March 2018
COIN
1813 Dump
QUALITY
About Uncirculated
PRICE
$175,000
COMMENTS
The 1813 Dump, and its partner the 1813 Holey Dollar, were the first coins struck in Australia, the innovation of Governor Lachlan Macquarie. Not only are they rare, but their fascinating history has made them two of the world's most famous coins. They are as recognised, respected and sought after on the international stage as they are on our home shores. What is also recognised is that, in the highest quality levels, the Dump is the scarcer of the two. This 1813 Dump is for the buyer seeking the absolute finest example of Australia's first silver coin. It is ranked NUMBER ONE in the pecking order. The enormity of this offer becomes clear when you consider that there are quite likely 1000 Dumps in existence today, with 200 housed in public institutions and the balance available to collectors. This Dump is in every respect a 'miracle' coin.
STATUS
Sold August 2018.

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1930 Penny about Very Fine rev June 2018
COIN
1930 Penny
QUALITY
About Very Fine
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Melbourne
PRICE
$29,500 (Normal R.R.P. $34,500)
COMMENTS
We are celebrating the start of a new financial year with some sensational offers on Australia's classic copper rarity, the 1930 Penny. This 1930 Penny has undergone a little more circulation than the Very Fine example shown above, but clearly reflects our prime rule for buying a 1930 Penny. Acquire a coin that is visually very attractive. It also comes with our new financial year price bonus. Presented in a quality level of About Very Fine, this coin is available for the same price as one graded one notch down at Good Fine. THAT'S A $5000 PRICE ADVANTAGE. Family heirloom. Or an investment in history. This 1930 Penny is both. Technical shots have been included in the READ MORE section. In a presentation befitting the coin, this 1930 Penny is presented in a handsome black presentation case, with accompanying photographs and Certificate of Authenticity.
STATUS
Sold July 2018.

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1937 Proof Crown REV B&B October 2017
COIN
1937 Proof Crown
QUALITY
FDC
PROVENANCE
Madrid Collection of Australian Rare Coins
PRICE
$27,500
COMMENTS
One million crowns were minted for circulation in 1937 which means that the circulation-strikes are today readily available. Their availability tends to cloud collectors perception of the scarcity of the 1937 PROOF CROWN. With only 100 struck, they are exceedingly difficult to procure, particularly in top quality. This 1937 Proof Crown was sold in 1995 to the owner of the Madrid Collection of Australian Rare Coins. And while the name of the Collection might suggest that the owner was a resident of Spain, in fact our client resides in Sydney. Over the past three decades he formed one of the foremost collections of our time, his collecting mission to acquire the very best and the rarest, including this 1937 Proof Crown. The coin is a superb example from the original mintage of 100 and one of the finest we have handled. That great collectors only ever hold great coins is clearly evidenced with this very impressive 1937 Proof Crown.
STATUS
Sold July 2018.

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1915 Collins Allen Ten Shillings Front July 2018
NOTE
1915 Collins Allen Ten Shillings (R2e)
QUALITY
Good Extremely Fine
PROVENANCE
Spink Auctions 1981, Spink Auctions 1986
PRICE
$22,500
COMMENTS
This 1915 Collins Allen Ten Shillings has been safely tucked away for the past 32 years. The note first appeared at auction in 1981, in what is on record one of Australia’s most important Numismatic Auctions. The note returned to auction in 1986 when successful purchaser, Barrie Winsor, fought off considerable opposition to secure it for $3400, well up on its pre-auction estimate of $2000. Winsor recalls the auction with clear recollections of the note and its original state. And his mindset at the time. That he always had the greatest faith in quality notes from the George V era; a conviction that he holds to this very day. He sold the note to a Sydney collector immediately after the auction, where it has been held ever since. Historical records indicate that a minuscule 38 examples of this Ten Shillings remain from the original issue of 2 million, this being the equal finest. It is also on record that the remaining examples are well circulated.
STATUS
Sold July 2018

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1930 Penny VF rev May 2018
COIN
1930 Penny
QUALITY
Very Fine
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Melbourne
PRICE
$40,000 (Normal RRP $50,000).
COMMENTS
We are celebrating the start of a new financial year with some sensational offers on Australia's classic copper rarity, the 1930 Penny. This coin is an extremely rare, high quality 1930 Penny ranked in the top eight per cent of surviving examples. Presented in a quality level of Very Fine, this coin is available for the same price as one graded one notch down at Nearly Very Fine. THAT'S A $10,000 PRICE ADVANTAGE. Family heirloom. Or an investment in history. This 1930 Penny is both. Technical shots have been included in the READ MORE SECTION. In a presentation befitting the coin, this 1930 Penny is presented in a handsome black presentation case, with accompanying photographs and Certificate of Authenticity.
STATUS
Sold July 2018.

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$2 Coombs Randall Star Pair
NOTE
1968 $2 Coombs Randall Star Consecutive Pair
QUALITY
Uncirculated
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Western Australia
PRICE
$9,500
COMMENTS
COOMBS. RANDALL. STAR. UNCIRCULATED. Four words that define the extreme rarity of these notes. It is a fact that the Coombs Randall signature combination is the scarcest in the $2 banknote series. That these notes are ‘Star Notes’ makes them scarcer again. And they are presented in Uncirculated quality. It really doesn't get any better than this. These extremely rare collectables are offered as a consecutive pair. While we believe a pair is an advantage, they are also available as single notes. Contact us for an individual price.
STATUS
Sold June 2018.

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£10 Sheehan McFarlane June 2018
NOTE
1940 Sheehan McFarlane, First Prefix, Ten Pounds (R58)
QUALITY
Uncirculated
PROVENANCE
Private Collection Perth
PRICE
$9,500
COMMENTS
This Sheehan McFarlane Ten Pounds was issued with the prefix V over 3, which signifies that it came from the very first print run of Ten Pounds issued in 1940 for the new monarch George VI. And that makes it particularly important and extremely rare. Even rarer again, given that the note is presented in Uncirculated quality. Crisp with full original colour. Historical records confirm that only seventeen Uncirculated Sheehan McFarlane First Prefix Ten Pounds have appeared at auction over the last forty-plus years.
STATUS
Sold June 2018.

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1913 R51 Collins Allen Ten Pounds Front May 2018
NOTE
1913 Collins Allen Ten Pounds (R51)
QUALITY
About Fine, with three minor pinholes
PROVENANCE
Evan Mackley Collection, Private Collection Perth
PRICE
$15,000
COMMENTS
Prime Minister Andrew Fisher fulfilled his promise to the nation when he introduced Australia’s very first Commonwealth of Australia banknotes in 1913. The Ten Shillings was introduced in May 1913, the One Pound in June, the Five Pounds in September and the Ten Pounds in October of the same year and all featured the Collins Allen signature combination. As Fisher intended, the banknote designs were unapologetically Australian and featured the new Commonwealth Coat of Arms and on the reverse an Aussie scene that promoted Australia’s proud infrastructure achievements and our primary industries. The two high denomination notes, the Five and the Ten Pounds are the rarest out of all these issues, historical records noting that a minuscule seventeen Collins Allen Ten Pounds have survived out of the original mintage. It is also noted that all the surviving Ten Pounds examples are well circulated.
STATUS
Sold May 2018.

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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 believed unique 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
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