1951-PL London Proof Set (Sixpence to Halfpenny) PCGS PR63RB-PR64
Sixpence: PCGS PR64
Threepence: PCGS PR64
Penny: PCGS PR63RB
Halfpenny: PCGS PR64RB
An attractive and well-matched set of these historic proof coins.
While the 1951 PL coins struck for circulation by the London Mint for Australia are readily available in choice grade, the same can hardly be said of the proofs.
Mintage figures and the distribution list for King George VI proof coins produced by the Perth Mint are readily available, however this is not the case for Australian proof coins produced by the Royal Mint.
The exact mintage of the 1951 PL proof coins is unknown, however the
general rule for the few Australian proof coins that were struck by the
Royal mint is that they are extremely rare, if not nearly unique, in
There is every indication also that the proofs of these coins would have been keenly highly prized by senior figures in the Royal and Australian Mints.
The Deputy Master of the Melbourne Mint, Mr O.G. Reynolds, spent some 7 to 8 weeks in London during 1951.
In the Annual Report for 1951, the Deputy Master of the Mint stated,__All
concerned in the striking of these coins derived great pleasure with
being thus intimately connected with the Australian coinage._�
Any seasoned collector will attest that all of the 1951 PL coins have been superbly struck.
Given the superb quality of the finished product, we can only presume that the proofs would have been viewed with a great deal of pleasure.
Quality and Rarity
Each of these coins has been independently graded by PCGS, so are guaranteed to have original surfaces.
The halfpenny has a hint more original red than the penny does, each of the coins matches together quite nicely.
Pre decimal proof coins from the King George VI era are currently trading at prices we haven't seen for at least 20 years. Items such as this are excellent buying for anyone that has long-term confidence in this market.
My auction research shows that complete sets of the four 1951-PL proof coins have only ever been offered for sale via auction four times since the mid 1970's - more than 15 years passed between several of those sightings.
Click on the links below to see the PCGS certificate details on their website.
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