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Coin - Sixpence, Australia, 1942 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 5230

Summary:
Australia
Sixpence 1942
Mint: Melbourne

During World War II the US mints at San Francisco and Denver were also contracted to strike silver coins, as was the Indian mint at Bombay to strike bronze coins for Australia.
Description:
A silver coin (19 mm diameter with milled edge) featuring a bare head of George VI facing left; around, GEORGIVS VI D: G: BR: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP. ; below bust in small lettering the artist's initials H.P.. The reverse features the Ensigns Armorial of the Commonwealth of Australia, as authorised by Royal Warrent 7th May 1908 - composed of a simple shield enclosing a cross of Saint George on which are five six-pointed stars, around the outside of which are six small escutcheons, i.e., small shields. The shield is supported by a kangaroo and an emu standing on a grassy mound. Above the shield a crest, the seven-pointed star of Federation on a wreath. Below on a ribbon the motto ADVANCE AUSTRALIA is inscribed. Around above, SIXPENCE and below, between arrow heads, the date, 1942.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 19 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 2.835 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: federation star, wars conflicts, world war ii 1939-1945, -1
Themes this item is part of: Numismatics & Philately Collection, Melbourne Mint, Medal Makers, Victoria, Australia, Thomas Humphrey Paget, Medallist (1893-1974), Deputy Masters of the Melbourne Branch of the Royal Mint, Closure of Melbourne Mint, Melbourne Mint during World War II, Establishment of Melbourne Mint, 1872, Melbourne Mint
Primary Classification: COINS
Secondary Classification: Australia
Tertiary Classification: working strikes
Series: Pre-decimal
DateEra: 1942 AD
Denomination: Sixpence
Obverse Description: Bare head of George VI facing left; around, GEORGIVS VI D: G: BR: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP. ; below bust in small lettering the artist's initials H.P.
Reverse Description: Ensigns Armorial of the Commonwealth of Australia, as authorised by Royal Warrent 7th May 1908 - composed of a simple shield enclosing a cross of Saint George on which are five six-pointed stars, around the outside of which are six small escutcheons, i.e., small shields. The shield is supported by a kangaroo and an emu standing on a grassy mound. Above the shield a crest, the seven-pointed star of Federation on a wreath. Below on a ribbon the motto ADVANCE AUSTRALIA is inscribed. Around above, SIXPENCE and below, between arrow heads, the date, 1942.
Edge Description: Milled
Inscriptions: Obverse: GEORGIVS VI D: G: BR: OMN: REX F: D: IND: IMP.
Reverse: SIXPENCE 1942 ADVANCE AUSTRALIA
Shape: round
Material: Silver
Issued By: Australia
Mint: Melbourne (Mint), 1942
Artist: Thomas Paget - Royal Mint, London
Artist: William Blakemore

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