What is Western Australia's first coin?
If we’re going to answer the question what is Western Australia’s first coin, the most obvious answer is a gold sovereign struck by The Perth Mint in 1899.
But there’s another candidate that could legitimately be considered as Western Australia’s first coin – as I suggest in the following video.
- Andrew Crellin
Andrew Crellin’s numismatic career began at The Perth Mint. Subsequently he spent over a decade in Sydney with two of Australia’s leading numismatic dealers. In that time he wrote two acclaimed books on Australian numismatics, appraised The Perth Mint’s archival collection and was nominated to the position of Secretary of the Australasian Numismatic Dealer’s Association. Back in Perth, his company Sterling and Currency specialises in Australian coins and banknotes, from the Holey Dollar of 1813 through to the modern coin sets.
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