Australia 1955(p) penny

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Heritage sale 3064, lot 30379
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This specimen was lot 30379 in Heritage sale 3064 (Chicago, April 2018), where it sold for $6,600. The catalog description[1] noted, "Elizabeth II Proof Penny 1955 PR64 Red PCGS, Perth mint. Dot after PENNY. The rarer of the two proof pennies for the year, with the mintage at Perth (just 301 examples produced) being a quarter of Melbourne's output. As such, the important rarity in the series, and one which offers fully red surfaces and a blazing appearance. No spotting is noted, and the piece would seem to be rather conservatively graded at that. Tremendous eye appeal and worthy of intense focus and study." Australia issued large size bronze pennies 1911-64. This type was minted at Melbourne and Perth 1955-64 and is common, tho the proofs are rare.

Recorded mintage: 11,110,000 plus 301 proofs.

Specification: 9.4 g, bronze, 30.8 mm diameter, plain edge.

Catalog reference: KM 56.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • McDonald, Greg, The Pocket Guide to Australian Coins and Banknotes, 23rd ed., Lavington, Australia, 2017.
  • [1]Cristiano Bierrenbach and Warren Tucker, Heritage World Coin Auction 3064, featuring the Doug Robins Collection of Canadian Tokens, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2018.

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