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Australia 1912 Threepence Silver Coin 3d

This coin has been beat to heck. It’s been around the block, through the grinder, and roughed up. But, the wear is honest, and despite some ugly rim dings, I would ground this as Good (G4).

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 a Saint George cross in the center, and six inescutcheons representing the Australian states of New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, Tasmania, Western Australia, and South Australia. Ontop of the shield is a starburts – the ‘Star of Federation’. The scroll reads “Advance Australia”. The legend on the coin reads “THREEPENCE” with the date below the crest.

Australia 3 Pence Coin from 1912 Reverse

Australia 3 Pence Coin from 1912 Reverse

On the obverse, the 3 pence has a leftward facing Imperial Bust of George the 5th of England. He is shown in full regalia, with a crown and dandy looking vest. 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 Fifth, 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 1912 Obverse

Australia 3 Pence Coin from 1912 Obverse

Identification code: Australia KM-24 (1911-1936)

Date: 1912

Mint Mark: n/a (which means London)

Mintage: 2,400,000 (fairly low for the series; this is a semi-key date)

Country of origin: London (produced for Australia)

Composition: 92.5% Silver (Sterling)

Size: 16mm

Weight: 1.41g (0.0419 oz ASW)

Other details: I purchased this coin from a hoard of coins and medals that a precious metal broker had in a 5 gallon jug.

Estimated Value: $5-20 with silver at ~$33/oz (without the rim dings, the price would be much higher)

Australia Silver Sixpence 1925 6p

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).

Australia Silver Sixpence Coin 1925 6p Obverse

Australia Silver Sixpence Coin 1925 6p 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 Sixpence Coin 1925 6p Reverse

Australia Silver Sixpence Coin 1925 6p Reverse

Identification code: Australia KM-25

Date: 1925

Mint Mark: None (M & SY = Melbourne & Sydney, which co-minted these but neither used mint marks)

Mintage: 3,266,000

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)

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

Australia Threepence 1941 Coin

This Australian threepence is in VF30-EF40 condition (in my opinion).

On the obverse, the 3p 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).

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 around the grains, across the horizontal bar formed by the ribbon.

Australia Threepence 1941 Coin Obverse

Australia Threepence 1941 Coin Obverse

Australia Threepence 1941 Coin Reverse

Australia Threepence 1941 Coin Reverse

Identification code: KM-37

Date: 1941

Mint Mark: n/a (Melbourne)

Mintage: 7,584,000. Here’s an excellent page with mintage numbers for the whole series of 3 pence coins.

Country of origin: Australia

Composition: 92.5% silver

Size: 15 mm

Weight: 1.41g (0.0419 oz ASW)

Other details: I quite like the simplicity of the reverse design, although the lack of fine detail makes grading these coins difficult.

Estimated Value: $1.50-$2.50 in EF (with silver at ~$30/ounce)

Australia Penny 1938

The Australians really like to show off native fauna on their coins. This large copper penny shows a kangaroo on the back, and maybe it’s just me, but doesn’t it look like the view through a rifle scope?

Anyway, I’ll focus on the coin. On the obverse, this penny 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? Not only do they use shorthand, they also use the reduced Roman alphabet to write in Latin.  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).

On the reverse, the Australian penny shows a kangaroo bounding to the right with the legend “Australia – Penny” and the date. Not a lot of abbreviation there. There’s a 7 sided star on the bottom left of the coin, which the kangaroo is presumably about to jump over.

Australia 1938 Penny Obverse

Australia 1938 Penny Obverse

Australia 1938 Penny Reverse

Australia 1938 Penny Reverse

Identification code: KM-36

Date: 1938

Mint Mark: n/a (Melbourne)

Mintage: 5,552,000

Country of origin: Australia

Composition: Copper

Size: 30 mm

Weight: unknown

Other details: This is the first year of issue for the new pattern (1938-1948).

Estimated Value: $0.50-$.75