Home / Coins by Country / Coins from Australia / Shilling 1946

Detailed information about Coin: Shilling 1946 from Australia

Coin: Shilling 1946
Description

A silver coin (23.5 mm diameter with milled edge) featuring a bare head of George VI facing left; around, GEORGIVS VI D: G: BR: OMN: REX F: D: IND: IMP: ; below bust in small lettering the artist's initials H.P.

The reverse features a ram's head facing three-quarters left; around above, AUSTRALIA, around below between two Federation stars, SHILLING . 1946. The artist's initials, KG is in the field above the star on the right.

Immediately after World War II the silver employed in the manufacture was dropped from sterling, .925 fine, to .500 fine. This was the first issue of the 50% silver coinage. The entire issue of 1945 shillings, which had been struck on the sterling silver standard, was still in store when the decision to debase was made, and all except two proofs of record were melted.

The Perth Mint sought a contract to strike silver coins after the War as a way to employ the silver being recovered from gold. The mint mark employed to identify their product was an additional dot placed between the left Federation star and the word Shilling.

CountryAustralia CurrencyAustralian Pound
Face value1 (x Shilling) TypeShilling - Ram's Head (50% silver)
Year1946 CurrentNo (demonetised 1966)
Mintage11,388,000 (11.4 million)
Mints
NameMint markMintage
Melbourne Mint No mint mark 10,072,000 (10.1 million)
Perth Mint Dots before and after SHILLING 1,316,000 (1.3 million)
Material0.500 Silver DesignerGeorge Kruger Gray
MonarchKing George VI EffigyPortrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)23.5000 Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)5.6500
Obverse

Bare head of George VI facing left; around, GEORGIVS VI D: G: BR: OMN: REX F: D: IND: IMP: The artist's initials H.P. in the field below the back of the neck.

Obverse inscription GEORGIVS VI D:G:BR:OMN:REX: F:D:IND:IMP.
Reverse

Ram's head facing three-quarters left; around above, AUSTRALIA, around below between two Federation stars, . SHILLING . 1946. The artist's initials, KG is in the field above the star on the right.

Reverse inscriptionAUSTRALIA SHILLING 1946
EdgeMilled Edge inscriptionNone
Shilling 1946: Photos
Shilling 1946: Photo Proof Coin - 1 Shilling, Australia, 1946
Proof Coin - 1 Shilling, Australia, 1946
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
Author:
Notes: Melbourne Mint.
source
Shilling 1946: Photo Proof Coin - 1 Shilling, Australia, 1946
Proof Coin - 1 Shilling, Australia, 1946
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
Author:
Notes: Melbourne Mint.
source
Shilling 1946: Photo Proof Coin - 1 Shilling, Specimen Strike, Australia, 1946
Proof Coin - 1 Shilling, Specimen Strike, Australia, 1946
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
Author:
Notes: Perth Mint.
source
Shilling 1946: Photo Proof Coin - 1 Shilling, Specimen Strike, Australia, 1946
Proof Coin - 1 Shilling, Specimen Strike, Australia, 1946
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
Author:
Notes: Perth Mint.
source
Shilling 1946: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsAustralia KM# 39a
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote ValuesE37 (Melbourne Mint) and E38 (Perth Mint)
Australian Coin ChartB35 (Melbourne Mint) and B36 (Perth Mint)
Shilling 1946: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Museums Victoria Collections 2016 Coin description link
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote Values 1965 Mint
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote Values 1965 Mintage
Australian Coin Chart 1965 Mintage
For Sale ads by our members
It seems none of our members is selling this coin now. If you have one to sell, sign up and advertise it for free.
Shilling 1946: Links to sites that (may) sell similar coins
1946P George VI Australian Silver Shilling - Silveragecoins.com 1946 George VI Australian Silver Shilling - Silveragecoins.com
Shilling 1946: Some useful external links
Cruzi's Coins: Australian Shillings: 1946 Australian Silver Shilling Cruzi's Coins: Australian Shillings: 1946 Perth Mint Australian Silver Shilling
Museums Victoria: Proof Coin - 1 Shilling, Australia, 1946 (Melbourne Mint) Museums Victoria: Proof Coin - 1 Shilling, Specimen Strike, Australia, 1946 (Perth Mint)
TDK Australian Pre-Decimal coins: 1946 (m) Australian Shilling TDK Australian Pre-Decimal coins: 1946 (.s) Australian Shilling
Advertising
The biggest New Zealand numismatic event of 2017 – the Numismatic Society of Auckland and Royal Numismatic Society of New Zealand DECIMAL 50 conference
The biggest New Zealand numismatic event of 2017 – the Numismatic Society of Auckland and Royal Numismatic Society of New Zealand DECIMAL 50 conference
List of all (47) coins of type: Australia / Shilling
Shilling 1910 Shilling 1911 Shilling 1912 Shilling 1913 Shilling 1914 Shilling 1915
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