Australia's Monetarium will soon auction a landmark collection of rare Australian gold coins, and a limited edition hardcover book will be issued. The following text is from the firm's press release for the sale. -Editor The famed Quartermaster Collection, containing many of Australia’s most valuable and highest quality gold coins, will be going to auction on the 4th of June 2009.
Featuring many of Australia’s rarest coins, this Auction will be unlike any other seen in this country. The collection of 344 items is an anthology of Australian gold currency, spanning 1852 to 1931.
Tony Richardson, a director of Monetarium (Australia) Pty Ltd, says, "It’s an extraordinary achievement to have assembled such a comprehensive collection of rare coins. I doubt it will ever be seen again."
Some of the lots that will go under the hammer are unique or very few are known to exist, including:
- the excessively rare Adelaide Assay Office Ingots & Port Phillip Patterns,
- one of only two 1852 Five Pounds Coins, and
- the finest quality Type 1 & Type 2 Adelaide Pounds
For Australia, these coins are an invaluable source of recollection for this young country’s economic independence. For many years, they have been the most impressive presentation of Australia’s first currency and are some of the most prized and historically significant pieces attainable for a quality numismatic portfolio.
The collection also features a complete set of Australian Sovereigns and Half Sovereigns, which contains more unique and excessively rare coins including:
- the 1853 Proof/Specimen Sovereign and Half Sovereign,
- the 1887 & 1902 Sydney Mint (5 Pound, 2 Pound, Sovereign & Half Sovereign) Proof Sets,
- Proof 1920 Sydney Mint Sovereign,
- Proof 1893 Melbourne Mint Half Sovereign,
- Several error coins, overdates and rare varieties
Every coin in the collection includes a record of provenance, which is an important element for many collectors of Antiquities.
To read the complete press release, see: Monetarium to Auction Australia’s Most Valuable Rare Gold Coin Collection (http://www.coinnews.net/2009/05/07/
The firm plans to issue a limited edition book based on the collection. The following text is from their web site. -Editor THE QUARTERMASTER COLLECTION. 2009. FULL COLOUR HARD BOUND BOOK. Limited edition of only 200 copies. The most comprehensive Collection of early Australian Coinage ever assembled. Featuring Adelaide Assay Office Ingots, Five Pounds & Pounds, Port Phillip Patterns, 1887S & 1902S Proof Sets, Complete Collection of Sovereigns & Half Sovereigns.
For more information, see: www.monetarium.com.au/shop.asp?pid=7436
THE BOOK BAZARRE DAVID F. FANNING NUMISMATIC LITERATURE
will be conducting its second mail-bid auction, closing June 4. Highlights include an important group of photographs and negatives of the Newcomer collection
. For more information, go to www.fanningbooks.com
Wayne Homren, Editor
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