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Proof Coin - 1 Shilling, Specimen Strike, Australia, 1946 Reg. No: NU 4736
Shilling 1946 dot before SHILLING
Specimen strike issued to the Melbourne mint as a reference coin
Immediately after World War II the silver employed in the manufacture was dropped from sterling, .925 fine, to .500 fine. This was the first issue of the 50% silver coinage. The entire issue of 1945 shillings, which had been struck on the sterling silver standard, was still in store when the decision to debase was made, and all except two proofs of record were melted.
The Perth mint sought a contract to strike silver coins after the War as a way to employ the silver being recovered from gold. The mint mark employed to identify their product was an additional dot placed between the left Federation star and the word shilling.
- A silver coin (23.5 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 a ram's head facing three-quarters left; around above, AUSTRALIA, around below between two Federation stars, . SHILLING . 1946. The artist's initials, KG is in the field above the star on the right.
- Acquisition Information:
- Transfer from Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, 1978
|Dimensions:||23.5 mm (Diameter)|
|Weight:||5.605 g (Weight)|
|Tagged with:||debasement silver, farm animals, sheep, wars conflicts, world war ii 1939-1945|
|Themes this item is part of:||Numismatics & Philately Collection, George Kruger Gray, Designer, Painter & Medallist (1880-1943), HRH George VI (1895-1952), Perth Mint, Medal & Coin Makers, East Perth, Western Australia, Thomas Humphrey Paget, Medallist (1893-1974)|
|Tertiary Classification:||proof strikes|
|Obverse Description:||Bare head of George VI facing left; around, GEORGIVS VI D: G: BR: OMN: REX F: D: IND: IMP:
The artis's initials H.P. in the field below the back of the neck.
|Reverse Description:||Ram's head facing three-quarters left; around above, AUSTRALIA, around below between two Federation stars, . SHILLING . 1946. The artist's initials, KG is in the field above the star on the right.|
|Inscriptions:||Obverse: GEORGIVS VI D: G: BR: OMN: REX F: D: IND: IMP
Reverse: AUSTRALIA . SHILLING .1946 KG
|Issued By:||HM George VI, Australia, 1946|
|Artist:||Thomas Paget - Royal Mint, London|
|Artist:||George Gray - Royal Mint, London|
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