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How do you know if you have an Australian specimen coin?


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June 03, 2009 9:17AM

I am not sure what you mean by a specimen coin, but there are two possibilities. Possibility 1 - A specimen coin is a coin (or bank note) struck as a trial and will be marked clearly in some fashion to indicate that it is a specimen and not for general circulation. Possibility 2 (and most likely) - When a new years coinage is released, the Royal Australian Mint also produces a variety of coins not intended for general circulation. These are produced for collectors and are usually minted with specially prepared dies as mint uncirculated "specimens" of the latest coins. They are presented in protective packaging and are labelled indicating that they are an uncirculated "specimen" set or a "Proof" set or some other high value coin set often made from precious metals.