2000 dated 1999 The Last Anzacs One Dollar with a mintmark

May 7, 2010

We were recently contacted by a puzzled reader who, upon checking his eBay purchases recently seems to have come across a The Last Anzacs one dollar with a B mintmark that is dated the year 2000 and not 1999.

We can see from the 1999 and 2000 issues and mintages table that the mintmark dollar release for 1999 was The Last Anzacs one dollar. Mintmark coins for Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney were produced at the Royal Australian Mint who also took their portable press to the show and visitors had the chance to strike the mintmark onto their own coin for $2.

The 1999 coin was also available to be struck with a C mintmark on the gallery press at the RAM and also released without a mintmark in a dual set with a Year of Older Persons one dollar.

In 2000, the same coin without a mintmark but with the date 2000 on the obverse was released in the form of a PNC. One thing to note if you are looking at Greg McDonald's Australian Coins and Banknotes catalogue is that there is a publication error and it incorrectly pictures a C mintmarked coin, this coin was issued without a mintmark.

So was a 2000 obverse coin struck with a mintmarked reverse?

How true is this story? I can only speculate as not having viewed this coin in person but it's quite possible that this has occured and this coin exists. Why not have a look at your mintmarked 1999 The Last Anzacs one dollar coins and see if there are any more of these accidental coins out there. We'd love to hear from you if you've found one!

1999 Last Anzacs Dollar -now imagine a 2000 dated coin with a mintmark!

Posted by harrisk at May 7, 2010 9:19 AM
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