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Coin - 1 Shilling, Australia, 1910 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 5100

Summary:
Australia
Shilling 1910
Mint: Royal, London

The coins dated 1910 were the first issue of shillings for the Commonwealth of Australia. The shilling was also the first denomination released.
Description:
A silver coin (23.5 mm diameter with milled edge) featuring a crowned and robed bust of Edward VII facing right; around, EDWARDVS VII D:G: BRITT: OMN: REX F: D: IND: IMP: ; below bust in small lettering the artist's initials DES. 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, ONE SHILLING and below, between arrow heads, the date, 1910.
Statement Of Significance:
1910 was the first year that an Australian Commonwealth coinage was issued. The four silver denominations were all struck in London. The shilling was the first denomination idssued.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 23.5 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 5.665 g (Weight)

More information

Themes this item is part of: Numismatics & Philately Collection, George William de Saulles, Sculptor, Designer & Engraver (1862-1903), HRH Edward VII (1841-1910), Royal Mint, London, Royal Mint, Tower Hill, 1809-1975, Early History of London Mints, to 1300, The Royal Mint, George William De Saulles, Medallist (1862-1903)
Primary Classification: COINS
Secondary Classification: Australia
Tertiary Classification: working strikes
Series: pre-decimal
DateEra: 1910 AD
Denomination: 1 Shilling
Obverse Description: Crowned and robed bust of Edward VII facing right; around, EDWARDVS VII D:G: BRITT: OMN: REX F: D: IND: IMP: ; below bust in small lettering the artist's initials DES.
Reverse Description: At centre, 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 and on a ribbon at the base the motto ADVANCE AUSTRALIA is inscribed; around above, ONE SHILLING; below, between arrow heads, the date, 1910.
Edge Description: Milled
Inscriptions: Obverse: EDWARDVS VII D:G: BRITT: OMN: REX F: D: IND: IMP: DES
Reverse: ONE SHILLING 1910 ADVANCE AUSTRALIA
Shape: round
Material: Silver
Issued By: King Edward VII, Australia, 1910
Mint: Royal Mint, London
Artist: George de Saulles - Royal Mint, London

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