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Tom SchumannThe circulating 1908 Ottawa sovereign
29 Nov 2017

The circulating 1908 Ottawa sovereign is extremely rare - the Park House Collection sold by St James's Auctions on May 19th 2015; the Bentley Collection sold by Baldwin's from 2012 - 2013 and the Hemisphere Collection sold by Baldwin's on May 8th 2014 - each being comprehensive collections - all had examples of the comparatively common specimen coin but all lacked an example of the circulating coin.

Tom SchumannNo 2015 ANZAC $1 Coins with P Counter-stamp
03 Aug 2017

In recent years the Royal Australian Mint has counter-stamped commemorative $1 coins for sales at various shows. 2015 was no exception and the 2015-2016 mint annual report lists B, M and P counter-stamped 2015 ANZAC $1 coins as having been struck in 2015 (p101, Royal Australian Mint Annual Report 2015-16). In spite of the report, no P counter-stamp coins are known to exist.

Tom SchumannNew Zealand $1 obverse on 10c mule
New Zealand
05 May 2017

In the December 2015 issue of the Royal Numismatic Society of New Zealand's journal, coin collector Jason Gray reported a new New Zealand mule - that of a <a href="">New Zealand 10c</a> reverse with a New Zealand $1 obverse on 10c pieces dated 2004. New Zealand collectors had reportedly been setting aside 2004 10c pieces with double rims on the obverse for some time before the realisation that was it caused by the use of the wrong die rather than a misaligned die (Harris, <a href="" target="_new"></a>).

Tom SchumannGreat Britain - George V penny varieties
United Kingdom
09 Nov 2016

In his authorative work on British bronze coins Michael Freeman lists two different obverse dies as being used for both the 1920 and 1921 pennies. Freeman lists five different penny obverse dies as having been used during the reign of George V, though subsequent research has revealed an even greater number. The continual changes to the obverse were attempts at reducing ghosting and 1920 and 1921 saw the use of combined use of both Freeman obverse 2 and Freeman obverse 3. The obverses can most easily be distinguished by the space between the words GRA and BRITT – on obverse 3 the space is wider than on obverse 2.

Tom SchumannPossible 2014 ANZAC $1 mule
07 Oct 2016

In late August 2016 on the Australian Coin Forum a possible mule of a 2014 ANZAC $1 with a 10c obverse was reported. The images showed a distinct stepped rim around the entire obverse, very similar to the 2000 $1 mule, and the obverse was reported to be the same size as that of a 10c obverse die. The reported coin's specifications were given as 9g mass and 25.05mm diameter.

Tom SchumannThe 1920 No Mintmark Australian Shilling
16 May 2016

The Museum Victoria numismatic collection has a large number of pattern and proof coins in its collection, acquired mostly from the collection of the former Melbourne Mint, but also from other collections including that of the National Gallery of Victoria. One of the coins that is documented as being transferred from the National Gallery of Victoria collection is 1920-dated Australian shilling with no mintmark. All other known 1920-dated Australian shillings have an M mintmark beneath the date, and no literature makes mention of a no mintmark coin: it has apparently gone unnoticed due to its mis-attribution in the Museum Victoria collection as a 1920M shilling.