Among Australia’s most sought-after decimal coins are the unofficial 1967 silver and gold dollar patterns of Andor Mezaros showing a Black Swan in flight. These coins have long been dubbed simply as Goose dollars by collectors.
The 38 mm, 40.3 g, 0.917 gold proof is the rarest. Of the 10 originally struck by John Pinches, two were destroyed in the “Ash Wednesday” bush fires of 1983. A third was mutilated. Just seven remain.
One went up for sale in Roxbury’s late-October auction in Queensland. It came in its original box and carried a A$28,000 estimate.
On the day of the sale it was passed up, but post-sale saw it sold by private treaty for $22,188 [A$30,500] including buyer’s premium.
That price is one of the highest paid in recent years for a golden goose. The highest is the $27,815 [$A38,240] realized at a Noble Numismatics sale in Sydney in August 2013.
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