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Proof Coin - 1 Shilling, Australia, 1946 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 5967

Summary:
Australia
Shilling 1946 (AD)
Mint: Melbourne

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.
Description:
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
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 23.5 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 5.668 g (Weight)

More information

Tagged with: 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), 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: 1946 AD
Denomination: 1 Shilling
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.
Edge Description: Milled
Inscriptions: Obverse: GEORGIVS VI D: G: BR: OMN: REX F:D: IND: IMP
Reverse: AUSTRALIA SHILLING 1946 KG
Shape: round
Material: Silver
Issued By: HM George VI, Australia, 1946
Mint: Melbourne (Mint)
Artist: Thomas Paget - Royal Mint, London
Artist: George Gray - Royal Mint, London

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