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America is not the only nation to experience a Gold Rush in the 1800s. Around the same time that thousands of Americans were heading West to seek their fortune, another Gold Rush was taking place in Australia!
Just like in the United States, new coins were created as a way to manage the new influx of gold. For Australia, that coin was the Adelaide Pound—Australia’s first gold coin. Now a national treasure, the original 1852 Type I Adelaide Pound coin is more than a historic “first”—it’s also the nation’s most valuable coin!
It’s estimated that fewer than 50 of the original Type I Adelaide Pound coins are believed to have survived due to one of the original dies cracking. Now extremely rare, examples of these coins have sold at auction for $100,000 as recently as 2016.
Now, Australia’s Perth Mint is honoring the original with the nation’s first-ever official Bimetal Adelaide Pound Proof!
This fantastic piece recreates the original 1852 Type I Adelaide Pound in exact detail, struck in 0.75 ounces of gold. The exciting twist is that set around the restrike is a ring struck in 0.75 ounces of silver! This allows the original design to remain untouched, while the exterior ring presents the modern-day date and legal-tender value.
You can secure one of these historic 2020 Bimetal Adelaide Pound Proofs certified and graded by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) as flawless Proof 70 Ultra Cameo condition. In addition, NGC has bestowed upon this coin the special First Day of Issue (FDI) designation, certifying that it was secured from the mint on the very first day of the mintage's release.
Only a limited number of 2020 Bimetal Adelaide Pound Proofs have been authorized by the Australian government and Perth Mint. Even fewer have been submitted for grading and returned with a flawless grade of PF70 UC and an FDI designation.
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