A unique presentation, encompassing both sides of the predecimal-decimal divide, this exciting new release features Australia’s LAST halfpenny & penny, united with the nation’s FIRST 1c and 2c!
Low denominations, crucial for everyday transactions, copper coins have always played a special role in the hearts and minds of Australians. From the time that the 1797 Cartwheel Penny provoked the nation’s first official currency system, Governor Philip Gidley King’s Proclamation of 1800, copper coins have formed the bedrock upon which Australian numismatics has been built. From the issue of the first halfpenny in 1911 to the withdrawal of the last 1c in 1992, low denomination copper coinage was a familiar sight to Australians of all ages for more than eight decades of the 20th century. Historic, symbolic and always popular with collectors, the 1964 Halfpenny & Penny and the 1966 1c & 2c form a crucial part of that heritage.