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    The Coronation Set of Elizabeth II

    Elizabeth II Six-Coin Certified Proof Set 1953,
    1/2 Penny - PR63 Red and Brown PCGS, KM49
    Penny - PR65 Brown PCGS, KM50
    3 Pence - PR64 PCGS, KM51
    6 Pence - PR66 PCGS, KM52
    Shilling - PR65 PCGS, KM53
    Florin - PR66 PCGS, KM54

    Penny - Florin Mintage: 12 pieces. Halfpenny Mintage: Unknown. Struck for Queen Elizabeth II's Coronation in 1953, a minuscule total of twelve, penny through florin, sets were officially produced at the Melbourne Mint, with the entire mintage ending up in the possession of the Chase Manhattan Bank in New York for their currency museum. Clearly, later deaccessioned or distributed, less than half of these have made their way to auction over the following six decades. The Halfpenny, missing from the standard Coronation set, was actually struck separately at the Perth mint (identified by the period after Australia). While the true mintage remains unknown, its rarity likely even surpasses that of the sets, with the Museum Victoria detailing their manufacturing as, "only for official purposes...some to numismatic society collection." Together, this set, the Halfpenny through Florin, represents a "true" full set of the circulating denominations in their proof state, and would be nearly impossible to recreate.

    Conditionally, this group leaves little to be desired. The Halfpenny is spectacular, displaying all-over, golden-red luster with moments of turquoise tone on the reverse and essentially no brown to speak of. Other than a few, insignificant wisps and two milky spots, the fields are clear of any distractions. The Penny, at first glance, sports a darker chestnut color, but upon rotation the surfaces ignite with technicolor brilliance that covers not just the fields, but also the bust of Elizabeth. The reverse, similarly colored, presents a pattern of iridescence, likened to that of a beautiful, watercolor painting. All of the silver denominations showcase shimmering surfaces, the look more often associated with a "Specimen" finish than the typical mirrored proof. In summation, this is a set that contains visual excellence as rare as the set itself.


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    Auction Dates
    January, 2015
    4th-5th Sunday-Monday
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