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Coin: Shilling 1953
Description

A silver coin (23.5 mm diameter with milled edge) featuring a laureate head of Elizabeth II facing right with the legend, + ELIZABETH . II . DEI . GRATIA . REGINA.

The reverse features a ram's head facing three-quarters left; around above, AUSTRALIA, around below between two Federation stars, SHILLING . 1953. The artist's initials, KG is in the field above the star on the right.

This was the first issue for Elizabeth II.

Specimens (proofs) were produced this year for official purposes only. According to CoinFactsWiki:

"Struck for Queen Elizabeth II's Coronation in 1953, a minuscule total of twelve, penny through florin, sets were officially produced at the Melbourne Mint, with the entire mintage ending up in the possession of the Chase Manhattan Bank in New York for their currency museum. Clearly, later deaccessioned or distributed, less than half of these have made their way to auction over the following six decades. The Halfpenny, missing from the standard Coronation set, was actually struck separately at the Perth mint (identified by the dot after Australia). While the true mintage remains unknown, its rarity likely even surpasses that of the sets."

CountryAustralia CurrencyAustralian Pound
Face value1 (x Shilling) TypeShilling - Ram's Head (50% silver)
Year1953 CurrentNo (demonetised 1966)
Mintage12,204,000 (12.2 million)
Mints
NameMint markMintage
Melbourne Mint No mint mark 12,204,000 (12.2 million)
Material0.500 Silver DesignerGeorge Kruger Gray
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II EffigyPortrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait)
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)23.5000 Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)5.6500
Obverse

Laureate head of Queen Elizabeth II right; around, + ELIZABETH.II.DEI.GRATIA.REGINA.

Obverse inscription + ELIZABETH.II.DEI.GRATIA.REGINA
Reverse

Ram's head facing three-quarters left; around above, AUSTRALIA, around below between two Federation stars, SHILLING . 1953. The artist's initials, KG is in the field above the star on the right.

Reverse inscription

AUSTRALIA SHILLING 1953

EdgeMilled Edge inscription

None

Notes

References to additional information:

[Article] Pearce, Murray. 1987. Royal Titles and Australian Coins: the "Defender of the Faith" Controvercy of 1953. Journal of the Numismatic Association of Australia. 3: 12-17.

Shilling 1953: Known varieties
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Shilling 1953: Photos
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Shilling 1953: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsAustralia KM# 53
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote ValuesE42
Australian Coin ChartB40
Shilling 1953: 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
Museums Victoria Collections 2016 Varieties link Proof
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Shilling 1953: Some useful external links
Australia 1953 shilling - CoinFactsWiki Cruzi's Coins: Australian Shillings: 1953 Australian Silver Shilling
Museums Victoria: Proof Coin - 1 Shilling, Specimen Strike, Australia, 1953 TDK Australian Pre-Decimal coins: 1953 Australian Shilling
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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
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