Dynasty: Pre-decimal
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Know How Australian Pre Decimal Coins have Evolved

In the year 1910, Australian pre decimal coins were struck in silver and made in London. The obverse of the coin depicted King Edward VII. After the death of King Edward passed, his son King George came to the throne and the pre decimal Australian coins consisted of six different denominations. The first pre decimal commemorative coin was issued to commemorate the opening of Parliament House in Canberra.

The 1930 Penny is one of the finest Australian coins, with one of the tiniest mintages in the series. It is considered to be a rare Australian pre decimal coin. In 1936, King George V passed away which brought Edward VIII to the throne but abdicated a few months later and by December that year, King George VI replaced his brother and that’s the main reason no Australian coin ever featured a portrait of Edward VIII. Pre-decimal coins of Australia are really valuable and the reason is because of their mintage of between 8-12 pieces, making these extremely rare coins.

Did you know that the first of Australia’s largest silver coins called the Crown was equivalent to five shillings? It was struck in 1937 but didn’t hold much value as compared to other issues released in the same year. The pre decimal coin collection of Australia was mainly British and it was only in the year 1966, Australia introduced notes and coins, marking the end of British style currency system. The Australian pre decimal currency is the most sought after currencies of the world.