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The E-Sylum:  Volume 10, Number 19, May 13, 2007, Article 7

AUSTRALIA'S KOOKABURRA COLLECTION TO BE EXHIBITED IN MELBOURNE

A five-day exhibition will feature of one of Australia’s most
significant coin sets - the ‘Kookaburra Collection’ of historic
square Australian coins - in Melbourne from May 21 to May 25.

"Acquired by an anonymous collector, with the assistance of Coinworks’
Belinda Downie, this is the only time this unique set of thirteen
coins will be shown to the public, before being locked in a vault
for posterity.  The exhibition will be held in Melbourne’s historic
Great Hall ('Cathedral Room') of the former Stock Exchange of Melbourne."

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The Australian Square Penny Patterns date to the Melbourne Mint's 1919-
1921 attempts to find a lighter, more durable alternative to copper
pennies and halfpennies. "The Mint struck approximately 200 Pattern
coins, which were distributed to politicians and dignitaries for
assessment. The project died with the resignation of the then Treasurer,
but the Square Penny has lived on as one of Australia's most valuable
and highly sought after rarities."
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"The coins never went into production, but the few that were produced
as trial coins are exceptionally rare, exceedingly valuable and have
assumed an iconic prominence in the rare coin industry. This is the
only set of its kind."
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  Wayne Homren, Editor

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