1966 Royal Mint London Proof of Record 4-Coin Collection

1966 Royal Mint London Proof of Record 4-Coin Collection

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  • A rarity of the highest order, this collection is a largely unknown piece of Australia's early decimal history
  • Features four 1966 decimal coins struck at the Royal Mint
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One of the most extraordinary rarities offered by Downies in decades, it gives us the most immense delight to present the 1966 Royal Mint London Proof of Record 4-Coin Collection. A spellbinding, largely unknown piece of Australia’s earliest decimal history, this astonishing collection is a rarity of the highest order.

To ensure a smooth transition from predecimal to decimal currency, the Australian Commonwealth Government had to have hundreds of millions of coins struck for the changeover. Thus, four different mints were employed, as the new Royal Australian Mint was joined by the Perth Mint, Melbourne Mint and Royal Mint London in the race to have the required coins ready for C-Day on the 14th of February 1966.

The Royal Mint, which was at that time striking coins for an array of countries converting to decimal currency, including Britain itself, struck the new Stuart Devlin-designed 5c, 10c and 20c for circulation in Australia. The RAM struck Proof examples of all six new Australian denominations for the creation of a ‘collector Proof Set’, but no other mint was required to strike 1966 Proof coins for commercial purposes. As has been common practice for many, many years, however, the Royal Mint did strike examples of the 1966 coins as ‘Proof of Record’ pieces.

Before the mass production of Proof coinage for collector sets, Proof coins were struck by mints for archival purposes, or for distribution to other mints, VIPs or public institutions. As a result, such coins were struck in the tiniest of numbers and rarely if ever reached the hands of collectors. It is this custom that led the Royal Mint to produce a small number of archival examples of the Australian coins it struck in 1966.\

The Royal Mint struck archival examples of the three coins it struck for circulation in Australia, the 5c, 10c and 20c – each of which is distinguished from Australian-struck coins with a mintmark. All three coins are included in this excessively rare collection, as well as – most intriguingly – an Australian 2c. The Royal Mint did not strike the 2c for circulation in Australia, so, theoretically at least, a British-struck archival Proof 2c should not exist!

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Country of IssueGreat Britain
Year of Issue1966
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