Australia's Greatest Colonial Coins Replica Set

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Australia's Greatest Colonial Coins Replica Set

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  • Comprises four replica tributes – finished in either silver or gold.
  • Honours the 1722-33 Gold Johanna, the Spanish-American Silver 8 Reales, the 1787-99 Gold Spade Guinea and the 1797 Cartwheel Penny.
  • Presented within a case with a Certificate of Authenticity.
  • Certificate includes detailed information about each colonial coin.
  • Outstanding collector value-for-money! Click add to cart now!

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Icons of the Colonial Era…

Australia's Greatest Colonial Coins Replica Set represents a unique celebration of some of our nation’s most iconic coins – and a fascinating chronicle of modern Australia’s earliest history.

Faithful to the originals…

Faithful to the original coins, and finished in either silver or gold, the collection features four replica tributes. Each replica is a superb recreation of one of the key coins that circulated in the colony of New South Wales after European Settlement in 1788. Listed in the Currency Proclamation of 1800 – Australia’s first official currency system – the coins honoured in this set includes the 1722-33 Gold Johanna, the Spanish-American Silver 8 Reales, the 1787-99 Gold Spade Guinea and the 1797 Cartwheel Penny.

Secure your set today!

Beautifully presented within a case, each set of four is complete with a Certificate of Authenticity detailing the history of these important Australian coins. Sensational value-for-money, secure this impressive collection today! Click add to cart now!

 

The history behind the originals…

The Coins of the Currency Proclamation of 1800

Setting pre-determined values for the wild mix of international coins circulating in colonial New South Wales, the Currency Proclamation of 1800 is recognised as Australia’s first official currency system.

The Proclamation of 1800 was created by then Governor Philip Gidley King, and was triggered by the arrival of 18,000 Cartwheel Pennies in the colony. Hammered to the wall of the government stores in Sydney and Parramatta, the Proclamation aimed to provide commercial certainty, and also to stop coins from flowing out of the economy by setting their new value at above face value.

Although this ambitious plan was only partly successful, the coins of the Proclamation of 1800 stand as icons of Australian coin collecting – they are the very foundation stones upon which the study of numismatics in this country was built.

 

Portuguese-Brazilian 1722-33 Gold Johanna

Circulating in the Australian colony after European Settlement in 1788, Portugal’s 1724-32 Gold Johanna was the largest, most valuable coin of the Proclamation of 1800. It was included in the Proclamation at the then massive value of £4! Comprising nearly an ounce of 90% gold, and considered a great Australian rarity, the Johanna is known as the ‘Prize of the Proclamation’.

 

Spanish-American Silver 8 Reales

The leading international trade coin throughout the 17th and 18th centuries, it is not surprising that the Spanish-American Silver 8 Reales found its way to the shores of early colonial Australia. Crucial to modern Australia’s early economy, the Spanish-American Silver 8 Reales was included in the Proclamation of 1800 at a value of Five Shillings.

 

1787-99 George III Gold Spade Guinea

First struck in 1787 – the year the First Fleet under Arthur Phillip set sail from Portsmouth to establish Britain’s new southern outpost – the King George III Spade Guinea was an important early colonial coin. Known for the distinctive shield design from which it takes its name, the Spade Guinea was included in the Proclamation of 1800 at a value of one pound, two shillings.

 

1797 Cartwheel Penny

Thousands of 1797 Cartwheel Pennies arrived in New South Wales in 1800. The first coin officially exported to Australia, the influx of Cartwheel Pennies led directly to Governor Philip Gidley King’s enactment of the Proclamation of 1800. A key piece of colonial history, the 1797 Cartwheel Penny was included in Australia’s first currency system at double face value.

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