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Proof Coin - Sixpence, Australia, 1916 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 5189

Summary:
Australia
Sixpence 1916 M
Mint: Melbourne

This was the first year that silver coins were struck by the Melbourne Branch of the Royal Mint. Specially struck proof coins were struck to mark the occasion.
Description:
A silver coin (19 mm diameter with milled edge) featuring a crowned and robed bust of George V facing left; around, GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP: ; below bust in small lettering the artist's initials B.M.. 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, 1916. Below the date is the mint mark M.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 19 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 2.816 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: federation star
Themes this item is part of: Numismatics & Philately Collection, Edgar Bertram Mackennal, Sculptor (1863-1931), HRH King George V (1865-1936), Melbourne Mint, Medal Makers, Victoria, Australia, 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: proof strikes
Series: Pre-decimal
DateEra: 1916 AD
Denomination: Sixpence
Obverse Description: Crowned and robed bust of George V facing left; around, GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP: ; below bust in small lettering the artist's initials B.M.
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, 1916. Below the date is the mint mark M.
Edge Description: Milled
Inscriptions: Obverse: GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP:
Reverse: SIXPENCE 1916 M ADVANCE AUSTRALIA
Shape: round
Material: Silver
Issued By: King George V, Australia, 1916
Mint: Melbourne (Mint)
Artist: Sir Bertram Mackennal
Artist: William Blakemore

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