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1933 Shilling Gem Unc (PCGS MS65) Ex Williams and Wilson collections

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1933 Shilling Gem Unc (PCGS MS65) Ex Williams and Wilson collections

Equal finest example of the key to Australia’s shillings, with a solid provenance.

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Description:

Australia One Shilling King George V 1933 PCGS MS 65

Equal finest graded by PCGS,  and with an impeccable provenance.

Obverse: Coronate bust of George V to right, legend around

Reverse: Australian Coat of Arms, with date and legend

Provenance:

Ex Noble Numismatics Auction 91 (July 2009), Lot 1549. Estimate: $30,000, Hammer: $30,000, Nett: $35,775.

Ex John Wilson collection - Noble Numismatics Auction 87b. April 2008, Lot 2111. Estimate: $12,500, Hammer: $27,000, Nett: $31,445.

Ex Richard A Williams collection - Noble Numismatics Auction 35b. March 1991, Lot 1398. Estimate: $3,500, Hammer: $5,900, Nett: $5,900.


Equal finest graded by PCGS,  and with an impeccable provenance.

The 1933 shilling has by far the lowest mintage out of all of the Australian shillings, and is one of the key dates to the Australian shilling set.

This coin was struck at the Melbourne Mint during the darkest days of the Great Depression, and was equivalent to an hour's wages in 1933.

With this in mind, we can easily appreciate that very few collectors had both the financial resources and the presence of mind to set one or two of these historic coins aside.

As a result, nearly all of the 1933 shillings struck circulated in the Australian economy for many years, and are now in heavily circulated condition.

Auction statistics bear this out - on average coins in this condition have appeared only about once every five years or so.

This particular example has been sharply struck across both sides, and retains a delightful satin-emerald patina. It has incredible surfaces for a coin of this vintage - remarkable when we consider the harshness of the economic conditions of that period, and the purchasing power that it had.

The Richard Williams collection:

The Williams collection was handled by Noble Numismatics in March 1991, and was featured in a dedicated catalogue. Richard Alan Williams was an expat American that emigrated to Australia in 1959. He settled in North Western NSW, and established a cotton farm soon after. He collected a range of different coins and notes over the years: South American, US and Australian. The highlights of his Australian collection really are far too numerous to mention, however the Williams provenance is highly regarded on a number of the key dates in the Australian Commonwealth series.

This 1933 shilling was one of the most important and valuable Australian coins in the Williams collection, placing it alongside his 1932 florin and proof 1924 shilling.

The John Wilson collection:

The John Wilson collection was handled by Noble Numismatics in April 2008, and was also featured in a dedicated catalogue. It also contained many Australian numismatic rarities, including the Parkhill 1914-H Proof florin and the 1915 Florin ex the Farman and Jewell collections to name but two coins. The Wilson provenance is also seen on many condition rarities in the Australian Commonwealth series.

This 1933 shilling was also one of the most important and valuable Australian coins in the Wilson collection - it rated alongside the two coins listed above, as well as the 1922/21 overdate threepence in about EF, and the 1930 Penny in Very Fine.

In terms of quality, this particular coin compares very well indeed when considered alongside the finest 1933 shillings to have been offered in recent years - it is superior to the coins in the Fenton, Borg and Benchmark collections.

Just two other coins have been graded as highly by PCGS as this coin, it is a stunning example of the key to the Australian shilling series.