Rare Pre Decimal Proof, Specimen and Pattern Coins

Pre-decimal Specimen Pattern and Proof coins image

Pattern, proof and specimen coins are the first coins struck whenever coinage is being introduced or changed in a major way. Only small numbers are made and because of their very nature they are extremely rare, historic and exclusive reaching up to prices of over $30,000.

Collectors gain a great deal of satisfaction from owning the very first coin struck of a particular denomination or design, and are always keen to pay a premium in order to obtain items closely related to pivotal events in our economic history.

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Our staff have written a number of detailed articles on the many different kinds of pre-decimal specimen and proof coins that we handle, a number of them have been published in the Coin and Banknote magazine. We've also written a number of articles to help collectors on their way to building a collection of banknotes that has real meaning and lasting value.

Some of the articles we've published include:

An Introduction to Proof, Pattern & Specimen Coinage

The Proof 1930 Penny - Australia's Most Valuable Coin on the TV!

The Bombay Mint Restrikes of Australia's Proof Copper Coins - 1942 and 1943