Sixpence (Australian)

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A sixpence of 1951

The Australian Sixpence was a coin used in the Commonwealth of Australia prior to the process of decimalisation. The decimalisation process happened in Great Britain and Australia in 1971, so all coins minted after then are called "Decimal" issues. These are 1 pence through to £1 coins. The pre-decimal sixpence was minted from 1910 until 1963, excluding 1913, 1915, 1929–33 inclusive, 1937, 1947 and 1949. After decimalisation on 14 February 1966, it continued to circulate at the value of 5¢, along with new 5¢ coins of the same size and weight.

During World War II, between 1942 - 1944, sixpence production was supplemented by coinage produced by two branches of the United States Mint. Coins struck at the San Francisco mint (1942-1944) carry a small S below the coat of arms, while those from the Denver mint (1942-1943) have a small D in the same place.

From 1910 to 1945 Australian sixpences were of sterling silver (0.925 fine) with 7.5% copper; from 1946 to 1963 they were reduced to 0.500 fine silver which is made from 50% silver, 40% copper, 5% nickel and 5% zinc.

Types[edit]

Image Years Technical parameters Description / Legend / Designer
Obverse Reverse From To Diameter Thickness Mass Composition Edge Obverse Reverse
1910 1910 19 mm 2.82 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)
SIXPENCE
by W.H.J. Blakemore
1911 1936 George V
GEORGIVS V D.G.BRITT: OMN: REX F.D.IND:IMP:
by Bertram Mackennal
1938 1945 George VI
GEORGIVS VI D:G:BR:OMN:REX: F:D:IND:IMP.
by Thomas Hugh Paget
1946 1948 2.82 g 50.00% silver, 40.00% copper, 5.00% nickel, 5.00% 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]

  • D : Denver
  • M : Melbourne
  • PL : London
  • S : San Francisco

References[edit]


Preceded by
Sixpence (British)
Sixpence
1910-1966
Succeeded by
Five cent coin (Australian)