Five Aussie coins that are worth a pretty penny

Is the change in your pocket worth a fortune?

Australia’s rarest coin, the 1930 penny proof, sold for $225,000 in 1998. 

Only six proof versions of the 1930 penny are known to exist: three have private owners, one in the Museum of Victoria, the National Gallery of South Australia and the British Museum.

While you’re unlikely to come across a 1930 proof penny in your loose change, many currently circulating coins contain errors or faults made during the minting process which can make them valuable to numismatists (coin collectors). 

Faults include incorrect alignment, the use of mismatched dies (known as mules), missing dates and strike errors.

Check your loose change drawer for these minting faults that could earn you a nice chunk of change.

2007 double obverse five cent coin

This coin from 2007 was incorrectly minted with the Queen’s head on both sides.

Value: up to $3500 for mint condition.

Rabbit ears $1 coin

A common mistake on the tails side of a $1 coin can lead to the top kangaroo appearing to have rabbit ears.

Value: approximately $30.

2000 mule variation double ringed $1 coin

In 2000 a batch of $1 coins were accidentally stamped with the head from a 10c coin. This means the heads stamp is slightly smaller than usual, giving it double rings around the edges.

Value: up to $6000 for mint condition.

2001 federation upset error

An ‘upset error’ occurs when the Queens head side of the coin is rotated instead of the same upright position as the other side of the coin.

Multiple batches of the 2001 Federation $1 contain the upset error with the Queen’s head struck sideways and upside down on different coins.

Value: approximately $100

2000 incuse Millennium 50 cent coin

While not mint fault, the incuse version of the Millennium 50 cent coin is still valuable.

In 2000, more than 16 million commemorative Millennium 50 cent coins were issued for circulation. The Union Jack is recessed (or incused) on less than 1% of the coins but raised on all others.

Value: up to $1750 for mint condition.

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