Predecimal Coins

From the famous 1930 Penny to the beautiful 1927 Canberra Florin, the years before the Decimal Changeover brought Australia some of the most exciting and iconic coins ever seen. Our Australian Predecimal Coins take you back to a time when Kings ruled, when war was waged and our country’s political landscape was just beginning to take shape.

Federation took place in 1901, but it still took almost a decade for Australia to be given its own coinage. In 1910, a florin, shilling, sixpence and threepence were finally issued with the portrait of the then King, Edward VII. But tragedy struck, and a heart attack cruelly cut the king’s life short later that year. It was back to the drawing board.

It could be the scarcity of those one-year-only King Edward VII coins. The glamour of the rare King George V-era ‘30 Penny or ‘23 Halfpenny. The coins issued during the rule of King George VI, postcards of WWII and the years following the Great Depression. Or mementoes from the beginning of the rule of Queen Elizabeth II – a woman who would go on to be the longest-reigning monarch in British/English history.

Whatever the reason, Downies has your predecimal passion covered.

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