This silver Sixpence is a bit toned, but still in pretty good shape. There is wear on King George’s hair & the wing of the emu is flattened on the reverse, so I would grade this below EF. I’d call it VF20 of VF30.
On the obverse, the silver 6p has a leftward facing bust of George the Fifth of England. He is shown wearing a crown and regalia that must weigh a ton. The portrait was executed by Bertram Mackennal.
The legend reads “GEORGIVS V : D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP”. The British love their abbreviation, right? Note that some of the letters we would normally use are replaced with others – ie; V instead of U because the Roman alphabet did not have those letters. This stands for George the 5th, Dei Gratia (by the grace of god), Britanniarum Omnium Rex (King of all the Brittons), Fidei Defensor (defender of the faith), India Imperator (Emperor of India).
The reverse was designed by W.H.J. Blakemore; it shows the Australian coat of arms. This is a shield flanked by a Kangaroo on the left and an Emu on the right, with a scroll below. The shield has six inescutcheons representing the Australian states of New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, Tasmania, Western Australia, and South Australia. Ontop of the shield is a royal crown with six sided stars to either side. . The scroll reads “Advance Australia”. The legend on the coin reads “SIXPENCE” with the date below the crest, and the mint mark just above.
Identification code: Australia KM-25
Mint Mark: None (M & SY = Melbourne & Sydney, which co-minted these but neither used mint marks)
Country of origin: Australia
Composition: 92.5% silver
Size: 19 mm diameter
Weight: 2.82g (0.0838 oz ASW)
Other details: It’s considered good luck for brides to wear a silver sixpence in their shoe on their wedding day. I have no idea why – if you do, please drop me a line in the comments!
Estimated Value: $10-15 with silver around $30/oz (this coin commands a moderate premium over its melt value)