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Coin: Sixpence 1944
Description

A silver coin (19 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 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, SIXPENCE and below, between arrow heads, the date, 1944. Above the date is the mint mark S.

During World War II the US mints at San Francisco and Denver were contracted to strike silver coins, and the Indian mint at Bombay to strike bronze coins for Australia.

CountryAustralia CurrencyAustralian Pound
Face value6 (x Penny) TypeSixpence (Sterling silver)
Year1944 CurrentNo (demonetised 1966)
Mintage4,000,000 (4.0 million)
Mints
NameMint markMintage
United States Mint, San Francisco Letter S 4,000,000 (4.0 million)
MaterialSilver DesignerWilliam Henry James Blakemore
MonarchKing George VI EffigyPortrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)19 Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)2.8200
Obverse

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.

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

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, SIXPENCE and below, between arrow heads, the date, 1944. Above the date is the mint mark S.

Reverse inscription

SIXPENCE 1944 ADVANCE AUSTRALIA

EdgeMilled Edge inscription

None

Notes

The Standard Australian Coin Catalogue 1973 lists mintage of 4,440,000.

Sixpence 1944: Photos
Sixpence 1944: Photo Coin - Sixpence, Australia, 1944
Coin - Sixpence, Australia, 1944
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Sixpence 1944: Photo Coin - Sixpence, Australia, 1944
Coin - Sixpence, Australia, 1944
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Sixpence 1944: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsAustralia KM# 38
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote ValuesD35
Australian Coin ChartS30
Sixpence 1944: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Museums Victoria Collections 2016 Coin description link
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote Values 1965 Mint
Australian Coin Chart Mint
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote Values 1965 Mintage
Australian Coin Chart 1965 Mintage
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Sixpence 1944: Links to sites that (may) sell similar coins
1944S George VI Australian Silver Sixpence - Silveragecoins.com
Sixpence 1944: Some useful external links
Museums Victoria: Coin - Sixpence, Australia, 1944 TDK Australian Pre-Decimal coins: 1944 s Australian Sixpence
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