Well BLUESZONE has to be winner for unearthing what may have been the real treasure I held in my hands. Clearly he has extensive skills in design point identification and was able to capture the fine details that were likely to have eluded the majority. The use of a colour coded diagram not only enhanced his presentation of the subject matter, but further demonstrated the veracity of his remarkable interpretation. Had I not cleaned the coin, I would likely have been the recipient of thousands of dollars with an eBay listing!
As for thoughts of 1930 pennies, you guys did get me excited for a moment, but unfortunately for me I didn't stumble across the coin late at night after a few down at the pub, nor did I receive it in change with my order of fried rice, as it seems these are the only ways you can still locate them in the wild. But then again, could I have just discovered an ULTRA RARE wrong planchet error?!
Now an ancient would be a fascinating find - tangible proof that the Egpytians, Greeks, or Romans had extended their trading empire down under, along with possible speculation that they had set up long undiscovered secret bases on the east coast for an invasion force to take over New Zealand.
Anyway, without further ado, I reveal the first post-clean image complete with use of semi-abrasives: