2019 Cartwheel Penny 1/4oz Gold Proof Coin
The Cartwheel Penny – The first coins exported to the Australian Colonies
George III one-penny coins were referred to as “Cartwheel pennies”. These were the first British coins to be officially exported to the Australian colonies, and so can be considered Australia’s first official coinage. Dated 1797 and 1799, they were minted to relieve a chronic copper coin shortage and were the very first British coins minted by Matthew Boulton’s famous steam-powered coining press.
Bolton, the son of a Birmingham metal product manufacturer, had built the ground-breaking steam-powered Soho Mint in 1788. As well as medals and tokens, he produced high-quality coins from copper and silver for which he has been described as the founder of modern coinage
The famous cartwheel penny was to become the first coin to be exported to the British Australian colony. “Near four tons” of 1797-dated pennies arrived aboard the Porpoise, which docked in Port Jackson in 1800 to relieve cash-strapped New South Wales. It occupies an important place in Australian numismatic history as the first coin formally exported to New South Wales, and is also regarded as Australia’s first official coin.
|Product Name||The 2019 Cartwheel Penny Gold Proof Coin|
|Product Issue Limit||500 coins|
|Issuing Authority||St Helena|
|Obverse||Jody Clark effigy of HM Queen Elizabeth II|
|Packaging||Black Lacquer presentation box,
numbered certificate of authenticity
|Coin Mintage Limit||600 coins|
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