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Proof Coin - Sixpence, Australia, 1950 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 4768

Summary:
Australia
Sixpence 1950
Proof strike
Mint: Melbourne

This was one of two reference pieces retained by the Melbourne mint.
Note change in King's titles - IND:IMP dropped and F:D: extended to FIDEI DEF.
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 FIDEI DEF. ; 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, 1950.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, 1978
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 19 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 2.831 g (Weight)

More information

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: proof strikes
Series: Pre-decimal
DateEra: 1950 AD
Denomination: Sixpence
Obverse Description: Bare head of George VI facing left; around, GEORGIVS VI D:G:BR:OMN:REX FIDEI DEF. ; 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, 1950.
Edge Description: Milled
Inscriptions: Obverse: GEORGIVS VI D:G: BR: OMN: REX FIDEI DEF.
Reverse: SIXPENCE 1950 ADVANCE AUSTRALIA
Shape: round
Material: Silver
Issued By: HM George VI, Australia
Mint: Melbourne (Mint)
Artist: Thomas Paget - Royal Mint, London
Artist: William Blakemore

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