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1966 Australia Proof Coin Set - Dark Blue Case

1966 Australia Proof Coin Set - Dark Blue Case

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A great example of the first Australian decimal proof set.

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Australia 1966 Proof Coin Set

Dark Blue Case


A great example of Australia's first decimal proof coin set.

1966 Proof Coin Set

The introduction of decimal currency in 1966 was a significant event in Australia's transition to a truly independent nation. The adoption of decimal currency meant that not only was the Imperial system of pounds, shillings and pence left behind, but all of the reverse designs featured timeless depictions of Australia's unique native flora and fauna.

Proof coins are the same as those we see in our change, but are struck with specially prepared machinery on specially prepared blanks - the designs always stand out magnificently.

The 1966 proof set is unique in several ways - it is the only one to feature a round (and silver) 50¢ piece, and is the only one not issued in a sealed plastic container.

As a result, nearly all of the 1966 proof coin sets that remain available to collectors today have spotted or tarnished coins - sets that include each coin still in pristine condition command a significant premium.

The images here show the coins in this set pretty clearly - what you see is what you get. The obverse of each coin has a light (but not unattractive) tone, while the reverses of each coin are impeccable.

The dark blue case has few very small slight marks either side, apart from those, it remains in excellent condition.

It remains a great example of Australia's first decimal proof coin set.