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Posted on: Sep, 09/09/2008

The 1921 penny struck with the “London” obverse die is unanimously rated as amongst the rarest of all penny varieties – it's rare even in heavily worn condition, and is truly rare in mint state.

Here's a brief explanation of the reason for the rarity of this keenly sought Commonwealth coin:

Australia 1921 London Penny

When pence were first minted in Australia, the master dies were supplied from the Royal Mint at London, and also by the Calcutta Mint in India. All pence minted in Australia in 1919 were struck from the London die, however in...

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Posted on: Aug, 08/28/2008

William Joseph Taylor was a British entrepreneur active in the numismatic manufacturing industry in London in the late 19th century.

An Entrepreneur In Every Sense Of The Word

Perhaps his largest project was the Kangaroo Office at Port Phillip between 1853 and 1857 – a venture intended to take advantage of the explosive economic growth in Australia following the discovery of gold in 1851. The pattern tokens struck by Taylor for this venture are among the most keenly sought of all Australian numismatic items. Taylor is variously described as having been an engraver; a die-sinker and a medallist.[1] He was an entrepreneur in every sense of the word – a man with an ability to dream big, he...

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Category [ Tags: Australian Gold Coinage ]
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Posted on: Jul, 07/06/2008

The 1946 penny is Australia's 3rd rarest penny – one of the last gaps to be plugged in most penny albums, and a real prize in top condition. The mintage was among the lowest in the entire penny series because 145 million pennies had been struck in the seven years leading up to 1946, and few extra coins were required once Australian and US armed forces began to demobilize in September 1945.

Depending on exactly which events and dates are taken into account, World War II began in September 1939 and ended in September 1945. During this six year period, almost a million Australians, both men and women, served in the Second World War. They fought in campaigns against Germany and Italy in Europe, the Mediterranean and North Africa, as well as against Japan in South-East Asia and other parts of the...

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Posted on: Feb, 02/29/2008

As Australia's 3rd rarest copper Commonwealth coin, the 1925 penny is one of the most keenly sought coins in the entire Commonwealth series. Royal Mint records seem to indicate that it was struck quite late in 1925 to ensure there was no chance that Australian shop tills ran short of pennies over the 1925 Christmas break.Australia 1925 Penny

The desire to own a truly rare Australian coin can be an idle curiosity, a passing whimsy or an inexplicable drive. Most Commonwealth coin collectors first satisfy their compulsion by getting themselves a 1925 penny. Although it isn't anywhere...

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Posted on: Dec, 12/09/2007

Just What is the Full Extent of a Set of Australian Proclamation Coins?

Some time ago, I embarked on my own comprehensive listing of the various different permutations of each coin in Governor King's list.

For those of you that aren't aware, a complete set of Australian "Proclamation Coins" contains 10 gold, silver and copper coins that were deemed as legal tender in the colony of New South Wales between 1788 and 1826.

These 10 coins were listed in a colonial government proclamation (hence the term "proclamation coins" ) issued by Governor Gidley King on November 17th, 1800. That proclamation by Governor King is regarded as being the first comprehensive government regulation issued on Australia's circulating coinage.

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Category [ Tags: Proclamation and Colonial Coins ]
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