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Coin: Shilling 1920
Description

A silver coin (23.5 mm diameter with milled edge) featuring a crowned and robed bust of George V facing left; around, GEORGIVS V D.G. BRITT: OMN: REX F.D. IND: IMP: ; below bust in small lettering the artist's initials B.M.

The reverse features the Ensigns Armorial of the Commonwealth of Australia, as authorised by Royal Warrant 7th May 1908 - composed of a simple shield enclosing a cross of Saint George on which are five six-pointed stars, around the outside of which are six small escutcheons, i.e., small shields. The shield is supported by a kangaroo and an emu standing on a grassy mound. Above the shield a crest, the seven-pointed star of Federation on a wreath. Below on a ribbon the motto ADVANCE AUSTRALIA is inscribed. Around above, ONE SHILLING and below, between arrow heads, the date, 1920. Below the date is the mint mark M.

CountryAustralia CurrencyAustralian Pound
Face value1 (x Shilling) TypeShilling - Coat of Arms
Year1920 CurrentNo (demonetised 1966)
Mintage520,000 (520000)
Mints
NameMintageMint mark
Melbourne Mint 520,000 (520000) Letter M
MaterialSterling silver DesignerWilliam Henry James Blakemore
MonarchKing George V EffigyPortrait by Bertram Mackennal (Crowned Bust)
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)23.5000 Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)5.6500
Obverse

Crowned and robed bust of George V facing left; around, GEORGIVS V D.G. BRITT: OMN: REX F.D. IND: IMP: ; below bust in small lettering the artist's initials B.M.

Obverse inscription GEORGIVS V D.G.BRITT: OMN: REX F.D.IND:IMP:
Reverse

At centre, simple shield enclosing a cross of Saint George on which are five six-pointed stars, around the outside of which are six small escutcheons, i.e., small shields. The shield is supported by a kangaroo and an emu standing on a grassy mound.

Above the shield a crest, the seven-pointed star of Federation on a wreath and on a ribbon at the base the motto ADVANCE AUSTRALIA is inscribed; around above, ONE SHILLING; below, between arrow heads, the date, 1920. Below the date is the mint mark M.

Reverse inscription

ONE SHILLING 1920 ADVANCE AUSTRALIA

EdgeMilled Edge inscription

None

Notes

The Standard Australian Coin Catalogue 1973 lists mintage of 1,642,000.

Some experimental pieces were produced in 1920 as part of planned debasement of the silver alloy, which had a star above the date to indicate debased content; this is NOT a mint mark as in the 1921 shillings, where it denotes Sydney Mint. The debasement, in the end did not occur.

Shilling 1920: Known varieties
VarietyMintageRarityDetails
No mint mark unknown
Proof unknown
Star pattern (debased silver) unknown (hover mouse for text)
Shilling 1920: Photos
Shilling 1920: Photo Specimen Coin - 1 Shilling, Australia, 1920
Specimen Coin - 1 Shilling, Australia, 1920
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Shilling 1920: Photo Specimen Coin - 1 Shilling, Australia, 1920
Specimen Coin - 1 Shilling, Australia, 1920
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Shilling 1920: Photo Pattern Coin - 1 Shilling, Australia, 1920
Pattern Coin - 1 Shilling, Australia, 1920
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Notes: Star above date shows debased silver content.
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Shilling 1920: Photo Pattern Coin - 1 Shilling, Australia, 1920
Pattern Coin - 1 Shilling, Australia, 1920
Copyright: Museum Victoria / CC BY
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Notes: Star above date shows debased silver content.
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Shilling 1920: Photo Coin - 1 Shilling, Australia, 1920
Coin - 1 Shilling, Australia, 1920
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Notes: No mint mark.
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Shilling 1920: Photo Coin - 1 Shilling, Australia, 1920
Coin - 1 Shilling, Australia, 1920
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Notes: No mint mark.
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Shilling 1920: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsAustralia KM# 26
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote ValuesE11
Australian Coin ChartB12
Shilling 1920: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Museum Victoria Collections 2016 Coin description link
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote Values 1965 Mint
Australian Coin Chart 1965 Mint
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote Values 1965 Mintage
Australian Coin Chart 1965 Mintage
Museum Victoria Collections 2016 Varieties link Star pattern (debased silver)
Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins Varieties Proof
Online Coin Club 2016 Varieties link No mint mark
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1920M George V Australian Silver Shilling - Silveragecoins.com
Shilling 1920: Some useful external links
Australia 1920-M shilling - CoinFactsWiki Museum Victoria Collections: Specimen Coin - 1 Shilling, Australia, 1920
Museum Victoria Collections: Pattern Coin - 1 Shilling, Australia, 1920 TDK Australian Pre-Decimal coins: 1920 Australian Shilling
List of all (47) coins of type: Australia / Shilling
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Shilling 1916 Shilling 1917 Shilling 1918 Shilling 1919 (pattern) Shilling 1920 Shilling 1921
Shilling 1922 Shilling 1924 Shilling 1925 Shilling 1926 Shilling 1927 Shilling 1928
Shilling 1931 Shilling 1933 Shilling 1934 Shilling 1935 Shilling 1936 Shilling 1937 (pattern)
Shilling 1938 Shilling 1939 Shilling 1940 Shilling 1941 Shilling 1942 Shilling 1943
Shilling 1944 Shilling 1945 (not released) Shilling 1946 Shilling 1948 Shilling 1950 Shilling 1952
Shilling 1953 Shilling 1954 Shilling 1955 Shilling 1956 Shilling 1957 Shilling 1958
Shilling 1959 Shilling 1960 Shilling 1961 Shilling 1962 Shilling 1963