Australia 1935 shilling
This specimen was lot 20223 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Anaheim, CA, August 2016), where it sold for $822.50. The catalog description noted, "AUSTRALIA. Shilling, 1935. Melbourne Mint. NGC MS-65. Population of one with one finer (MS-66) at NGC. A gem coin that very closely borders on superb gem. Bright neon white luster with fine textured satin surfaces. The reverse in particular is almost unimprovable, with the kangaroo and emu appearing to float on a silver cloud of luster." The type was issued 1911-36 with Melbourne being the sole producer after 1926. This Melbourne date is fairly common up thru extremely fine but the proofs are rare.
Recorded mintage: 500,000 plus proofs, a better date.
Specification: 5.45 g, .925 fine silver, 24 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: KM-26.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
- McDonald, Greg, The Pocket Guide to Australian Coins and Banknotes, 23rd ed., Lavington, Australia, 2017.
- Ponterio, Richard, The August 2016 Anaheim ANA Auction: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2016.