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Australia 1917 Sixpence Coin 6d

This coin has seen better days (better decades, come to that). I would grade it in Good to Very Good shape (VG8 at a guess).

On the obverse, the silver 6d 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 engraved 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).

Australia Silver 6 Pence 1917 Obverse

Australia Silver 6 Pence 1917 Obverse

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.

Australia Silver 6 Pence 1917 Reverse

Australia Silver 6 Pence 1917 Reverse

Identification code: Australia KM-25 (1911-1936)

Date: 1917

Mint Mark: M (Melbourne)

Mintage: 1,632,000 (semi-key, but not ridiculously rare)

Country of origin: Australia

Composition: Sterling Silver (92.5% pure)

Size: 19mm

Weight: 2.82 grams (0.0838 troy ounce ASW)

Other details: This coin came from a hoard that I bought at a Precious Metal’s dealer. It had spent hte last 10 years or so sitting around with tourist pocket pocket change, old tax tokens, medals, and other forgotten treasures.

Estimated Value: $8-12 with silver at ~$33/oz (it has a premium over melt value due to the scarce date)

1917 US Philippines 5 Centavos Coin

This coin is fine. I would grade it approximately F-12.

On the obverse, a bare chested Filipino man is shown sitting next to the forge of freedom. The blacksmith is built like Adonis – with huge muscles flexed in a spreadeagled pose. His elbow is on the forge, a Thor-like hammer is dangling from his right hand, and his left hand is on his left knee. The guy is staring off into the distance at  Mt. Mayon, an active volcano with smoke billowing from the crater. On the upper edge of the coin is the denomination “Five Centavos” and on the lower perimeter is the word “Filipinas”. The engraver was Melecio Figueroa.

1917 US Philippines 5 Centavo Obverse

1917 US Philippines 5 Centavo Obverse

The reverse design features an eagle perched on a shield with a two register shield. The upper register shows 13 5-sided stars in two rows. The lower register shows 13 vertical bars with stripes and solid bars alternating. This is the Seal of the US Philippine Territories (adopted in 1903). At the upper rim are the words “United States of America” and at the bottom is the year of issue. If it had a mint mark (this one does not), the mint mark would be below the dot to the left of the date.

1917 US Philippines 5 Centavo Reverse

1917 US Philippines 5 Centavo Reverse

Identification code: Philippines KM-164 (minted 1903-1928)

Date: 1917

Mintage: 2,300,000 (no proofs were minted)

Country of origin: United States (US Philippines Territory)

Composition: Coin Nickel (25% nickel, 75% copper)

Size: 20.5mm

Weight: 5g

Other details: The reverse of this coin has a smudge at about 11:00. I’m not sure what that is, but haven’t cleaned it to avoid damaging the patina of the coin. I like my coins with character.

Estimated Value: $1.50-2.50 in Fine Grade.