Are these the Rarest Australian Decimal Coins?

February 1, 2011

The recent release of the 1966 Decimal Heritage Coin Set by the RAM provided a unique opportunity for collectors to get their hands on what is not only a very attractive collectable, but also contains 3 of what are the rarest Australian Decimal coins in existence. The set includes 10 resin patterns of proposed 1966 decimal coin designs and a 2010 dated set of decimal coins struck to proof standards and using the normal circulation compositions. That is, bronze for the 1c and 2c coins, copper nickel for the 5c, 10c, and 20c, and 80% silver for the round 50c.

As of right now, the 1c, 2c, and 50c coins have a mintage of just 400 pieces. This makes them the rarest circulation composition decimal coins to date. We talked about this very point in this blog entry. To get an idea of the extreme scarcity of these coins, consider those other decimal rarities, the Wavy Baseline 20c is estimated to have a mintage in the many hundreds to the low thousands, and the 2000 $1/10c mule is estimated to have a mintage of about 6,000.

Below you can find links to short articles containing images of each of these extremely scarce decimal coins.

The 2010 Round 50c Proof
The 2010 2c Proof
The 2010 1c Proof

Posted by mnemtsas at February 1, 2011 8:15 PM
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