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Specimen Coin - Sixpence, Australia, 1946 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 4767

Summary:
Australia
Sixpence 1946
Specimen strike retained by the mint as a reference coin
Mint: Melbourne

This was the first year that 50% silver was used for this denomination.
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, 1946.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, 1978
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 19 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 2.816 g (Weight)

More information

Tagged with: debasement silver, federation star, wars conflicts, world war ii 1939-1945
Themes this item is part of: Numismatics & Philately Collection, HRH George VI (1895-1952), 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: specimen strikes
Series: Pre-decimal
DateEra: 1946 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, 1946.
Edge Description: Milled
Inscriptions: Obverse: GEORGIVS VI D: G: BR: OMN: REX F: D: IND: IMP.
Reverse: SIXPENCE 1946 ADVANCE AUSTRALIA
Shape: round
Material: Silver
Issued By: HM George VI, Australia, 1946
Mint: Melbourne (Mint)
Artist: Thomas Paget - Royal Mint, London
Artist: William Blakemore

Comments

Twana Mathis Posted on 19 Apr 2010 3:26 PM
I have obtained a 1946 Sixpence coin as described above and would like to get further information on in and it's value.
Discovery Centre Posted on 19 Apr 2010 3:50 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Twana. As indicated below, Museum Victoria does not give valuations. You can get suggestions on obtaining coin valuations here. According to Rennick's Australian, Coin & Banknote Values about 10.02 million of these sixpences were minted!

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