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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 31, July 30, 2006, Article 25

PATTERN STAR SHILLING RETURNS TO AUSTRALIA

"Melbourne-based Coinworks beat off stiff competition to claim a
1920 Pattern Star shilling at a London auction, setting a new price
record.

The coin - one of only seven in existence - sold for 48,300 (about
$150,000, with taxes) the highest price for a coin of its make.

It is one of Australia's rarest coins and considered the best of
three of its kind held outside museum collections."

"The shilling has been paired with its natural 'partner', a 1920
Pattern Star Florin. The Florin is Australia's most valuable silver
coin and was acquired by Coinworks at auction last year for more
than $200,000.

The coins are now the centrepiece of a private collection in Sydney."

"In London, Morton and Eden London auction house director James
Morton said the sale price exceeded expectation, despite the coin's
"astonishing condition."

"A couple of English buyers were vying for the rare, together with
a "very strong American bidder," he said."

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  Wayne Homren, Editor

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