There is more than freshly-minted gold and silver at Gainesville Coins. We also receive precious metal coins and bars from all over the world, some over 100 years old! We purchase these items from collectors, estates, jewelry and coin shops, and others – what is called the “secondary market.”
Sometimes when I’m nosing around in our vaults or passing the receiving desk, I see something that catches my eye. I will be sharing these items in this column, “The Coin Explorer’s Corner.” There’s no telling what I might dig up!
Photos could not do justice to something I found today, so we shot a quick video to show it off. This is the 2005 Perth Mint proof gold and silver two-coin set celebrating the 60th anniversary of V-J Day, and the end of WWII. These coins feature a lenticular reverse that plays an animation of the famous Dancing Man when tilted back and forth.
The Dancing Man was caught on film in Sydney, Australia on August 15, 1945, dancing in the streets amid the confetti and celebrations. His image is linked to the end of WWII for Australians, much like the sailor kissing the girl in Times Square is for Americans. Watch the quick video, and you can see the silver coin in action.
Truly a unique and attention-grabbing tribute to the men and women of WWII.