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Drawing of the day – 31 October, 2022

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Perth Mint – 1929 WA Centenary Medal and Sovereign Set (50 mintage)

Uniting the Perth Mint’s 1929 Western Australia Centenary Medal with a 1929P Gold Sovereign set, this prestigious pair forms a unique remembrance of the celebrations for the 100th anniversary of Western Australia in 1929, perfect for the avid collector.

Key features:

• 1929 Centenary Medal in Very Fine- Extremely Fine condition

• 1929 Gold Sovereign in Extremely Fine – about Uncirculated condition

• Commemorative set

• Prestigious timber case

• Mintage: 50

Product Specification:

Includes: The 1929 Western Australia Centenary Medal / The King George V 1929P Gold Sovereign

Year Date: 1929 / 1929

Metal Content (Troy oz): 32g Copper / 0.235

Fineness (% purity)/ Grade: Very Fine- Extremely Fine / 91.67

Maximum Diameter (mm): 39mm / 22.05

Story:

Founded in 1829

Although Europeans had contact with the west coast of the ‘Great Southern Land’ from the 17th century, European settlement did not take place until the 19th century. Indeed, it was not until May of 1829 that Britain’s Swan River Colony – renamed Western Australia in 1832 – was formally established. Celebrations were held for the centenary of Western Australia in 1929 and included the issue of the 1929 Western Australia Centenary Medal.

The 1929 Western Australia Centenary Medal

An iconic element Australian numismatics, the 1929 Western Australia Centenary Medal was struck at the Perth Mint. The obverse carries the portrait of George V by Australian artist Sir Bertram Mackennal – so well known from its employment upon Australian coinage from 1911 to 1936. The reverse carries George Kruger Gray’s distinctive, vigorous portrayal of a Black Swan, one of Western Australia’s most powerful symbols. Spanning an imposing 38mm, the 1929 Western Australia Centenary Medal is presented in Very Fine to Extremely Fine.

The King George V 1929P Gold Sovereign

The perfect partner for the Perth Mint’s 1929 WA Centenary Medal, this impressive set also comprises the Mint’s 1929P Sovereign – struck in the centenary year of Western Australia! The first of a 3-year-only type, the 1929P was the first to carry the Modified Portrait of George V and revised St George & the Dragon motif. Scarce in better grade, with so many coins lost or melted for the gold, this is your chance to secure the 1929P Gold Sovereign in Extremely Fine to about Uncirculated condition.

Source:

1929 WA Centenary Medal and Sovereign Set (perthmint.com)

https://www.downies.com/pm-1929-wa-centenary-medal-sov-set

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The Royal Mint – His Majesty The King’s Official Coinage Portrait

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The Royal Mint, the official maker of UK coins, has confirmed that coins featuring the portrait of His Majesty King Charles III will enter circulation.

There are approximately 27 billion coins currently circulating in the UK bearing the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II.

“Queen Elizabeth II ruled with heart and devotion, and will be dearly missed by millions of people around the world.

The King’s portrait will first appear on a £5 coin and 50p commemorating the life and legacy of Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The 50p will enter circulation to mark the historic moment, and coins featuring His Majesty and Queen Elizabeth II will co-circulate in the UK.

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The King’s effigy has been created by renowned British sculptor Martin Jennings, and has been personally approved by His Majesty. In keeping with tradition, The King’s portrait faces to the left, the opposite direction to Queen Elizabeth II. The Latin inscription surrounding the effigy reads “• CHARLES III • D • G • REX • F • D • 5 POUNDS • 2022” which equates to ‘Charles III, by the Grace of God, King, Defender of the Faith’. The effigy will start to appear on circulating and commemorative coins produced by The Royal Mint over the coming months.

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Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Alan Turing

Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Alan Turing

The Royal Mint in UK is presenting a new coin series – Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Alan Turing.

Alan Mathison Turing was an English mathematician, computer scientist, logician, and cryptanalyst born in London. During the Second World War, Turning worked for the Government Code and Cypher School. His codebreaking logic saved estimated millions of live by shortening the war. 

After the war, Turning worked at the National Physical Laboratory, where he designed the Automatic Computing Engine, one of the first designs for a stored-programme computer. In 1948, he joined Max Newman’s Computing Machine Laboratory where he helped develop the Manchester computers. Despite of his various accomplishments, Turing was never fully recognized in UK during his lifetime. It is because much of his work was covered by the Official Secrets Act.

And in 1952, Turning was prosecuted for homosexual acts. He then accepted hormone treatment and died 16 days before his 42ndbirthday from cyanide poisoning. 

In 2009, the UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown made an official public apology on behalf of the UK government for “the appalling way Turing was treated”. Queen Elizabeth II granted a posthumous pardon in 2013 which has since led to further pardons to gay men and created what has become known as “Turing’s Law”. In recent years, Turing has become a figurehead for gay rights.

In 2022, The Royal Mint celebrates the man with a remarkable mind with a UK 50p coin available as a gold Proof, silver Proof, silver Proof Piedfort and Brilliant Uncirculated edition. 

Images source:

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More information:

https://www.royalmint.com/our-coins/events/alan-turing/

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A rare Chinese vase kept in the kitchen sold for 1.8 million at auction

A precious Chinese vase dating from Qianlong era (18th century) was sold for nearly USD 1.8 million at Dreweatts Auction.

The seller was a son of a surgeon who stated that his father bought this Chinese Vase in 1980s for just a few hundred pounds. The seller then inherited this vase from his father and kept it in his kitchen. He did not realize its value until it was discovered by an expert.

The Chinese Vise was a porcelain blue artifact in two feet height. It was crafted using innovative heating techniques to gild its blue, gold and silver coloring. It was made during the reign of Qianlong Emperor – the sixth emperor of the Qing dynasty.

The result of high sale prices shows the high demand for the finest antique porcelain in the world.

Images source: https://auctions.dreweatts.com/auctions/8176/drewea1-10298