Shilling (Australian)

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The Australian Shilling was a coin of the Commonwealth of Australia prior to decimalization. The coin was minted from 1910 until 1963, excluding 1923, 1929, 1930, 1932, 1938, 1947, 1949 and 1951. After decimalization on 14 February 1966, it was equal to 10¢.

During World War II, between 1942-1944, shilling production was supplemented by coinage produced at the San Francisco branch of the United States Mint, which bear a small S below the ram's head.

Types[edit]

Image Years Technical parameters Description / Legend / Designer
Obverse Reverse From To Diameter Thickness Mass Composition Edge Obverse Reverse
1910 1910 23.5 mm 5.65 g 92.5‰ silver, 7.5‰ copper Reeded Edward VII
EDWARDVS VII D:G: BRITT. OMN: REX F: D: IND: IMP:
by George William de Saulles
1908 coat of arms of Australia (with ADVANCE AUSTRALIA on ribbon)
ONE SHILLING
by W.H.J. Blakemore
1911 1936 George V
GEORGIVS V D.G.BRITT: OMN: REX F.D.IND:IMP:
by Bertram Mackennal
1938 1944 George VI
GEORGIVS VI D:G:BR:OMN:REX: F:D:IND:IMP.
by Thomas Hugh Paget
Merino Sheep / Commonwealth Star
AUSTRALIA SHILLING
by George Kruger Gray
1946 1948 50.0‰ silver, 40‰ copper, 5‰ nickel, 5‰ zinc
1950 1952 George VI
GEORGIVS VI D:G:BR:OMN:REX FIDEI DEF.
by Thomas Hugh Paget
1953 1954 Elizabeth II
+ ELIZABETH.II.DEI.GRATIA.REGINA
by Mary Gillick
1955 1963 Elizabeth II
+ ELIZABETH.II.DEI.GRATIA.REGINA.F:D:
by Mary Gillick
These images are to scale at 2.5 pixels per millimetre. For table standards, see the coin specification table.

Mintmarks[edit]

  • H : Birmingham
  • M : Melbourne
  • S : San Francisco
  • star : Sydney
  • dot (before shilling) : Perth

References[edit]

Preceded by
Shilling (British)
Shilling
1910-1966
Succeeded by
Ten cent coin (Australian)