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Specimen Coin - 1 Shilling, Australia, 1921 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 5125

Summary:
Australia
Shilling 1921 Star
Mint: Sydney
Purchased when closing Sydney Mint
Previous Collections: A.M. LeSouef
Description:
A silver coin (23.5 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, ONE SHILLING and below, between arrow heads, the date, 1920. Above the date is a small star.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 23.5 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 5.657 g (Weight)

More information

Tagged with: debasement silver
Themes this item is part of: Royal Mint, Medal Makers, Sydney, New South Wales, Numismatics & Philately Collection, Edgar Bertram Mackennal, Sculptor (1863-1931), Royal Mint, Melbourne Branch, Melbourne, Victoria, HRH King George V (1865-1936), Branch Mints of the Royal Mint
Primary Classification: COINS
Secondary Classification: Australia
Tertiary Classification: specimen strikes
Series: Pre-Decimal
DateEra: 1921 AD
Denomination: 1 Shilling
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: 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, 1920. Above the date is a small star.
Edge Description: Milled
Inscriptions: Obverse: GEORGIVS V D.G. BRITT: OMN: REX F.D. IND: IMP:
Reverse: ONE SHILLING 1921 ADVANCE AUSTRALIA
Shape: Round
Material: Silver
Issued By: King George V, Australia, 1921
Mint: Royal Mint, Sydney Branch
Artist: Sir Bertram Mackennal
Previous Collection: Albert Le Souef - Melbourne Mint
References: KM#26
Bibliography:
  1. [Article] Sharples, John. 1985. Australian Coins 1919 to 1924. Journal of the Numismatic Association of Australia. 1 (July): 4-18.

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