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1943 S Australia Shilling Silver Coin

This silver Shilling has some honest wear from circulation. There is wear on King George’s hair & the sheep on the reverse is looking a bit shorn, so I would grade this Fine (F16).

On the obverse, the shilling has a leftward facing bust of George the 6th of England. He is shown bareheaded, and looks quite youthful. The legend reads “GEORGIVS VI : 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 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). Credit for the design belongs to Thomas Hugh Paget.

Australia 1 shilling 1943 S Obverse

Australia 1 shilling 1943 S Obverse

The reverse shows  a very warm looking Merino ram, and this coin is often called a Ram Shilling. This particular sheep was named Uadry, and you can apparently buy the sheep station that raised it. The legend on the coin reads “AUSTRALIA – SHILLING 1943” with the mint mark below the ram’s head. The pattern was designed by George Kruger Gray.

Australia 1 shilling 1943 S Reverse

Australia 1 shilling 1943 S Reverse

Identification code: Australia KM-39

Date: 1943

Mint Mark: S (San Francisco)

Mintage: 16,000,000 (so many were made that this is generally traded at bullion value)

Country of origin: United States (minted for an allied power during World War II)

Composition: 92.5% silver

Size: 23.5 mm diameter

Weight: 5.65g (0.1680 oz ASW)

Other details: A LOT of these came back to the United States along with GI’s coming back at the tail end of World War II.

The ram shown was named Uadry and was exhibited by Charles Mills of Hay, in the NSW Riverina District. Uadry was the champion of the under 3 years class and also won the strong wool ram category before being chosen as the grand champion of the 37th Annual Sydney Sheep Show of 1932. The Australian’s apparently take their sheep very seriously. 🙂

Estimated Value: $5-7 with silver around $30/oz

Australia Silver Florin 1943 S

This silver Florin is a bit toned, but still in pretty good shape. There is wear on King George’s hair & the emu on the reverse, so I would grade this not-quite-EF. I’d call it VF30.

On the obverse, the florin has a leftward facing bust of George the 6th of England. He is shown bareheaded, and looks quite youthful. The legend reads “GEORGIVS VI : 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 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, silver 1 Florin 1943 S Coin

Australia, silver 1 Florin 1943 S Coin

The reverse 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 “FLORIN” with the date below the crest, and the mint mark just above.

Australia, silver 1 Florin 1943 S Coin reverse

Australia, silver 1 Florin 1943 S Coin reverse

Identification code: Australia KM-40

Date: 1940

Mint Mark: S (San Francisco, California Mint)

Mintage: 11,000,000

Country of origin: United States – minted on behalf of Australia

Composition: 92.5% silver

Size: 28.5 mm diameter

Weight: 11.31g (0.3363 oz ASW)

Other details: A LOT of these came back to the United States along with GI’s coming back at the tail end of World War II.

Estimated Value: $10-15 with silver around $30/oz

Argentina 5 Centavos Coin 1943

This coin is a nice golden color, and I would grade it EF40.

On the obverse, it shows a slightly pudgy Liberty facing to the right, wearing a liberty cap and with an olive branch behind her head. The legend reads “Libertad” and the date is at 6:00.

On the reverse, there are 3 panels arranged horizontally. The left panel shows a sheath of wheat, the middle shows a large number 5, and the right shows a cows head. The legend at top reads “Republica Argentina” and the denomination is at the bottom of the coin: “Cenatvos”.

Argentina 5 Centavos 1943 Obverse

Argentina 5 Centavos 1943 Obverse

Argentina 5 Centavos 1943 Reverse

Argentina 5 Centavos 1943 Reverse

Identification code: Argentina KM-15

Date: 1943

Mint Mark: n/a

Mintage: 15,778,000

Country of origin: Argentina?

Composition: Aluminum Bronze (AlCu with some other impurities thrown in)

Size: 18 mm

Weight: unknown

Other details: While researching the composition material, I came across an interesting post about problems with Aluminum Bronze in engineering applications. It makes for interesting reading, although it has almost nothing to do with this coin.

Estimated Value: $0.50-$1 in EF40