Australia 1959 3 pence

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Goldberg sale 85, lot 3489
Australia G85-3489r.jpg
from Stack's Bowers 2016 ANA sale, part of lot 22123
photo courtesy Stack's Bowers LLC

The first specimen was lot 3489 in Goldberg sale 85 (Los Angeles, June 2015), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted, "Australia. Threepence, 1959. Elizabeth II. NGC graded Proof 67." The second specimen was part of lot 22123 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Anaheim, CA, August 2016), which sold for $352.50. The catalog description[2] noted, "AUSTRALIA. Six Piece Proof Set, 1959-(M). Melbourne Mint. PCGS PROOF-64 BN to PROOF-66 Secure Holder. KM-61, 56, 57, 58, 59 & 60. Mintage of 1,506 in proof for each denomination. A fully original set in high grade and well matched overall; the copper is brown, and aside from the Threepence (which shows attractive smokey tone on the obverse), the silver denominations all display mostly white surfaces with traces of tone along the edges. Grades are as follows: 64-BN, 64-BN, 66, 65, 66, and 64 respectively, and all with the proof designation. An always in demand date in proof, especially the copper, and with a current catalog of $1,700 in Krause." The SCWC lists this type for 1955-64. This date, from the Melbourne mint, is fairly common, tho proofs are scarce.

Recorded mintage: 19,888,000 plus 1,506 proofs.

Specification: 1.41 g, .500 fine silver, 16 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM-57.


  • 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.
  • [1]Goldberg, Ira, Larry Goldberg, Aleeza Brown, Yifu Che, Jason Villareal and Stephen Harvey, Goldberg Sale 85: the Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2015.
  • [2]Ponterio, Richard, The August 2016 Anaheim ANA Auction: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2016.

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