2016 Australia’s First Mints $1 ‘C’ Mintmark Silver Proof Coin
2016 Australia’s First Mints $1 ‘C’ Mintmark Silver Proof Coin.
On the 50th anniversary of Australian decimal currency, this beautiful silver piece pays tribute to the coins, mints and gold rushes which were vital chapters in the early story of our currency.
As a special silver edition of the Mint’s gallery press coin, it will be a popular piece with coin enthusiasts and history buffs.
Throughout the 19th century, Australian currency was an assortment of foreign coins, promissory notes and rum trades.
The gold rush of this era became a pivotal event for Australian society, assisting in the development of both a forma of currency and a unique identity.
The Adelaide Assay Office was established in 1852, and I its short life produced gold ingots and Australia’s first gold coin, the Adelaide Pound. Official branches of the Royal Mint opened in Sydney (1855), Melbourne (1872) and Perth (1899), producing sovereigns and other pre-decimal coins.
The Royal Australian Mint opened in 1965, superseding other Australian mints to become the sole producer of the country’s decimal coins.
One of the most visible legacies of these mints was the single-letter mintmarks, which showed astute collectors the birthplace of their coins.
The release is a celebration of Australian society’s growth from the 19th Century gold rush.
Each coin’s reverse emulate a Sydney Mint sovereign design unique to Australia.
‘C’ Mintmark continues the tradition of the mintmark as used by Australia’s first mints.
Struck on 99.9% fine silver to the Royal Australian Mint’s proof standard.
Packaged in an attractive presentation case with outer box.
Comes with Certificate of Authenticity.
The coin’s obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II designed by Ian Rank-Broadley.
Each coin is issued as Australian Legal Tender under the Australian Currency Act 1965.
- Denomination: $1
- Quality: Proof
- Metal: 99.9% Pure Silver
- Weight: 11.66 gms
- Diameter: 25 mm
- Mintage: 5,000
- Certificate of Authenticity