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Coloured 2 Dollar Coins, Error Coins and The Purple Penny On Channel Nine

Kathryn Speaking with Nine Reporter Via Phone Link and Cameraman John

We recently spoke with a reporter for Channel 9 news about coloured $2 coins and their interest to collectors and I mentioned an error coin that came through our hands recently. That coin was the 2019 Mr Squiggle Bill the Steam Shovel that was mistakenly printed with the colour on the wrong side of the coin. Such an obviously wrong coin with the coloured circle over the Queen’s portrait this coin sold for a 4 figure sum over $6,500. The news couldn’t believe what they’d heard that an error coin made that much money in the marketplace. With only a handful of these bullseye or paint on the wrong side error coins this was the first known on a Mr Squiggle series issue. Before we knew it we had a news crew at our new shop (more details on that soon) filming for a story featuring the recently sold error coin.

Link to the News segment video.
9 News Queensland

The news story aired on Friday 26th April 2019 to Brisbane local audiences and mentioned the “finder” of the coin almost spent the $2 on a loaf of bread. An interesting extension of that story is that the error coin surfaced in Tasmania, the husband found the “funny looking” $2 in the console of the car and spoke to his wife about the coin to which she said bring it home and I’ll take a look. Later the coin could not be found and after a search of the house it turned up in the back of the couch!! The Purple Penny was then contacted for coin error advice and the rest is history.

The wrong paint error coin can be found here:
Australia 2019 $2 Mr Squiggle Bill the Steam Shovel Paint on Wrong Side Error

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New Phone Number

The Purple Penny has a new phone number. You can now contact us on 0422 977 753. That’s 04229 PRPLE for those intrigued by the number choice! We look forward to hearing from you if you want to sell or buy coins in particular if you are in Adelaide. We buy coins Australia wide, take a look at our Google reviews from customers of The Purple Penny. If you are looking to purchase have a browse of what we have for sale, pop the items in your shopping cart or call or email us about something specific you are looking for.

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Inventory Additions

We are flush with lovely coins recently graded by PCGS. The team have been busily photographing their beauty and a listing frenzy is on! Our advice is to take a look in your favourite website category because there has been more new items listed than fit on the newly listed coins page! Mark has also been busy tweaking the search function to make navigation of the site easier.

1956 Florin PCGS MS65

Canada 1924 5 Cents PCGS MS64

Great Britain 1890 Fourpence PCGS PL66

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Our Biggest Gold Hoard

We’ve just had graded by PCGS our biggest hoard of gold coins yet. Mostly gold sovereigns the new coins range in dates from 1882 to 1930 and were struck at all 3 Australian Mints. All mint state (uncirculated or better) examples of gleaming gold these are quite affordable and as an investment won’t ever be worth less than their intrinsic gold value. Struck in 22 carat gold this entire gold hoard features St George on horse slaying the dragon on the reverse and the reigning monarch on the obverse. See our gold range in the Australian Pre Decimal Coins-> Sovereign & Half Sovereign category.

The 1886 Melbourne Sovereign grades PCGS MS63

1930 Perth Sovereign PCGS MS62

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Newly Listed Items Page Issues

A bug in the WordPress update has rendered our newly listed items page currently displaying items in the incorrect order. This problem is being looked into and hopefully will be rectified soon. We apologise this site feature is currently unavailable to our customers.

As a workaround for the time being all new items will feature on the webshop home page so they can be easily found.

edit- 20 Aug this issue is now resolved.

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Recent Additions -New Zealand Coins

We’ve just added a few recently graded coins from across the ditch to our ever expanding inventory of PCGS graded New Zealand coins. Our inventory includes some top pop coins so take a look if these interest you.

New Zealand 1957 Threepence PCGS MS67 listing -equal finest graded.

New Zealand 1957 Threepence PCGS MS67

New Zealand 1944 Penny PCGS MS65RD -equal finest graded and with the Red colour designation.

New Zealand 1944 Penny PCGS MS65RD

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2 Dollar Coin Rolls, Mint Bags and More!


We have newly listed a hoard of Mint and security company rolls and bags in the two dollar denomination. Keep your eye on our newly listed items for more rolls and bags in other denominations to be listed in the coming month.

Collecting the $2 coin is becoming more popular with the release of more and more commemorative coins. We have just listed rolls from the first years of issue 1988 and 1989 (yes, the coins with the HH on the reverse) and the harder to find years 1992 and 1999. Then we have a run of Armaguard rolls from 2001 to 2006. Rolls and bags we have it all including the Royal Australian Mint issued collectable 5 coin bags of some of the coloured coins.

Also listed is a special signed folder of the 2016 Paralympic coin, the packaging autographed by coin designer Bronwyn King. As well as this we also have stock of the Possum Magic coins in the special “collect and keep” folder from the Mint.