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Australia Sixpence Coin from 1942, Denver Mint

This coin has passed through a few pockets, likely including a few US Marines and Army soldiers during the second world war. It has mild wear and a natural patina of age; I’d grade it Very Fine (VF30).

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 Sixpence Coin from 1942, Denver Mint Reverse

Australia Sixpence Coin from 1942, Denver Mint Reverse

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 Sixpence 1942 from Denver Mint Obverse

Australia Sixpence 1942 from Denver Mint Obverse

Identification code: Australia KM-38 (1938-1945)

Date: 1942

Mint Mark: D (Denver)

Mintage: 12,000,000 (a fairly common date))

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: $3-5 with silver at ~$33/oz

Australia 1942 D Threepence Silver Coin

This coin has some unsightly tarnish on it, but that indicates that it has original surfaces and hasn’t been cleaned. I would grade it Very Fine (VF30) or so.

On the reverse are three stalks of wheat tied together at the stalks with a ribbon. The legend reads “Australia * Three Pence”.  The date is written on either side of the grains, across the horizontal bar formed by the ribbon. The mint mark is below that bar on the right, at approximately 6:10.

Australia 3 Pence coin from 1942 Reverse

Australia 3 Pence coin from 1942 Reverse

On the obverse, the 3d shows King George VI facing to the left. The boyish King is surrounded by the legend “GEORGIVS VI : D : G : BR : OMN : REX : F : D : IND : IMP”. The British love their abbreviation, right? This Latin inscription stands for George the Sixth, 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 3 Pence coin from 1942 Obverse

Australia 3 Pence coin from 1942 Obverse

Identification code: Australia KM-37 (1938-1944)

Date: 1942

Mint Mark: D (Denver)

Mintage: 16,000,000

Country of origin: United States (minted for Australia, as a wartime ally)

Composition: Sterling Silver (92.5% pure)

Size: 16mm

Weight: 1.41g (0.0419 oz ASW)

Other details: I bought this coin from a hoard at a PM dealer. They had a bin full of assorted “foreign junk” and I was happy to dig through it for diamonds in the rough.

Estimated Value: $1.50-3.00 with silver at ~$33/oz