Australian Coin, January 26, 1788 showing woman with shield and ocean with lighthouse and ship.
Source: Museum Victoria
Question: What is my coin worth?
Answer: We get frequent questions at the Museum as to the value of coins and medals (and other objects from a range of different areas) that people may be holding.
Unfortunately Museum Victoria is not able to provide valuations of coins, or indeed of any items.
How to get your items valued
Published price guides for items such as coins, antiques and stamps are often available through the municipal library system, and commercial dealers specialising in these items can be helpful.
A rough guide to current worth can sometimes be obtained by a search for similar items on online auction sites, although due caution should be exercised.
Another helpful resource is the Cultural Gifts Program’s 'List of approved valuers'. This is a Commonwealth-approved list of professional valuers, listed by state and specialty. These experts may charge a fee for their services, but they can be contacted for confirmation of any applicable fees or charges.
You can view the list in the reference library in the Discovery Centre at Melbourne Museum.
To get your own copy of the list, and for further information about the Cultural Gifts Program, contact:
Cultural Gifts Program
Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts
GPO Box 787
Canberra ACT 2601
Telephone: (02) 6275 9651
Facsimile: (02) 6275 9664
Website: http://www.arts.gov.au/tax_incentives/cgp (The 'List of Approved Valuers' is available as a pdf download in the right column of the website.)
Please note: Museum Victoria cannot tell you how much your object is worth. Please read this infosheet for further advice. We will not publish or respond to comments asking us to value an object.