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Australian Pre-Decimal Proofs
1959 Perth Mint
|In 1955, after the mint had become confident enough, the then
Foreman of Machinery, George Knight suggested for the Perth Mint to issue collectors with
proof coins. He was the only person with the skills to detect flaws in the proof finish as
so inspected all these coins himself.
The coins where sold loose as individual coins, rather than as a set with packaging consisting of wrapping them up in cellophane. Bronze coins after having been around for decades are now quite difficult to find in a fully brilliant state of preservation. The Perth Mint only produced bronze pennies and half pennies and often lightly lacquered these coins, as a result of this they can be more often found in BU condition.
Some of the general pointers to look for to distinguish Perth proofs from the normal circulation strikes are: