John V 1727M Gold Johanna Extremely Fine
- An immensely rare gold coin of Australia’s early colonial era.
- Struck in Portuguese colony of Brazil – comprises nearly 1oz of gold.
- Included in the Proclamation of 1800 – Australia’s first official currency system.
- Assigned the highest value of the Proclamation of 1800, at £4.
- Immensely rare in any condition – seldom seen on the market.
- Struck under King John V, the 1727M Gold Johanna seen here is in premium grade Extremely Fine.
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The highest value coin of the Proclamation of 1800, the Portuguese-Brazilian 1722-33 Gold Johanna is one of the true icons of Australian numismatics. Known as ‘The Prize of the Proclamation’, and rare in any grade, we have a single example of this key Australian colonial artefact in Extremely Fine condition!
The currency used in early colonial Australia had a distinctly international flavour – epitomised by the Johanna. Struck from nearly 1oz of 22-carat gold, and issued in extremely limited numbers, the Johanna was accepted for trade worldwide. Naturally enough, it made its way to Britain’s new southern outpost. Part of a wild mix of foreign currency, rum and promissory notes that supported the colonial economy, the Johanna was included in Australia’s first official currency system at a value of £4 – the highest value of the Proclamation.
Sought after for the beauty, history and rarity, we have one 1727M Gold Johanna coin available – and what a coin it is! Distinguished by strong detail in the designs, a rich golden lustre, and notably clear, problem-free fields, this exceptional coin from the reign of King John the Magnanimous is graded Extremely Fine. It is excessively rare in such a magnificent state of preservation.
The crowning glory of any serious Proclamation Collection, this great Australian colonial rarity is sure to be snapped up at speed.