Twelve rare Australian coins, including a Holey dollar and “Dump”
coin, were stolen from a gallery in the State Library of
New South Wales.
The theft occurred Aug. 6, confirmed Victoria Bond, manager, media
& communications branch, at the State Library of New South Wales.
Bond did not disclose the other 10 coins taken in the theft, but the
coins are reportedly worth $1 million Australian (about $931,045 U.S.).
The coins were among 15 dating from 1850s to 1920s on public display
in “a secure case,” Bond said.
“We are deeply disappointed by this callous act of public vandalism.
The theft is under police investigation and we are doing everything we
can to assist with this serious matter,” Bond said.
A spokesperson for the New South Wales Police Force said, “Police
are currently following a number of lines of inquiry and
investigations are continuing.”
Each Holey dollar, perhaps Australia’s most famous coin, was struck
on a silver 8-real piece. The parent coin of the Holey dollar in the
display is an 1810 piece of Ferdinand VII issued at the Lima Mint. It
is paired with the “Dump,” the central portion of the earlier coin.
Both were created in 1813 as a measure to alleviate a coin shortage by
using existing coinage.
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