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Coin: Sixpence 1953
Description

CountryNew Zealand CurrencyNew Zealand Pound
Face value6 (x Penny) TypeSixpence (CuproNickel)
Year1953 CurrentNo (demonetised 2006)
Mintage1,207,000 (1.2 million)
Mints
NameMintageMint mark
Royal Mint London 1,207,000 (1.2 million) No mint mark
MaterialCuproNickel DesignerGeorge Kruger Gray
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II EffigyPortrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait)
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)19 Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)2.9000
Obverse

Laureate bust of Queen Elizabeth II right; around, + QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND; artist's initials incuse on neck truncation, MG (Mary Gillick).

Obverse inscription QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND +
Reverse

A huia (bird) perched on a branch facing right; above, NEW ZEALAND; below, SIXPENCE 1953; below centre of branch in small letters the artist's initials KG (Kruger Gray).

Reverse inscription

NEW ZEALAND SIXPENCE 1953

EdgeMilled Edge inscription

None

Notes

The Queen's effigy on the 1953, 1954, 1955 and an estimated 200,000 of 1957 coins has a small variation from the standard in that there are no shoulder straps visible.

Reference to original information:

84th Annual Report of the Deputy Master and Comptroller of the Royal Mint 1953, p.8.:

"New Zealand - 250,000 crowns, 120,000 halfcrowns, 250,000 florins, 200,000 shillings, 1,200,000 sixpences, 4,000,000 threepences, 2,400,000 pennies and 120,000 halfpence were struck.

All bore on the obverse the uncrowned effigy of Her Majesty by Mrs. Gillick, O.B.E., together with the inscription "QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND". The reverse designs of the denominations from the halfpenny to the halfcrown were unchanged, but the reverse design of the crown was new.

It consisted of a Maori carving, surmounted by the crowned Royal Cypher, all between five-pointed stars, representing the Southern Cross, and the inscription "NEW ZEALAND CROWN 1953". Mr. T.H. Paget modeled the design in plaster according to a drawing from New Zealand. The design is illustrated in Plate A, Fig. 9.

7,000 specimen sets of all denominations were also supplied in cases."

Sixpence 1953: Known varieties
VarietyMintageRarityDetails
Proof 7,000 (included in main number)
Matte proof unknown
Sixpence 1953: Photos
Sixpence 1953: Photo Proof Coin - 6 Pence, New Zealand, 1953
Proof Coin - 6 Pence, New Zealand, 1953
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Sixpence 1953: Photo Proof Coin - 6 Pence, New Zealand, 1953
Proof Coin - 6 Pence, New Zealand, 1953
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Sixpence 1953: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Renniks, New Zealand Coinage GuideNew Zealand KM# 26.1
Renniks, New Zealand Coinage Guide99
Australian Coin ChartNS21
Sixpence 1953: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Museum Victoria Collections 2016 Coin description link
Royal Mint 1953 Mint
Royal Mint 1953 Mintage Circulation and proof mintage
Reserve Bank of New Zealand 15 Oct 2014 Mintage link Combined mintage
Renniks, New Zealand Coinage Guide 1965 - 1966 Mintage Combined mintage
Australian Coin Chart 1966 Mintage Combined mintage
Royal Mint 1953 Varieties Proof
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Varieties Proof
John Bertrand, New Zealand Coin and Banknote Catalogue 1965 - Valuations
Renniks, New Zealand Coinage Guide 1965 - 1966 Valuations
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Sixpence 1953 / Best-effort future value guesstimates based on past value trends in currency: NZD. See FAQ before use!
Years
MintVarietyGrade201620172018
Royal Mint LondonBrilliant Uncirculated (BU) 56.93 57.51 58.08
Royal Mint LondonUncirculated (UNC) 49.69 49.29 48.90
Royal Mint LondonAlmost Uncirculated (aUNC) 29.20 28.63 28.06
Royal Mint LondonExtra Fine (EF, XF) 19.47 19.09 18.71
Royal Mint LondonVery Fine (VF) 5.84 5.73 5.61
Royal Mint LondonFine (F) 1.95 1.91 1.87
Sixpence 1953 / Best-effort future value guesstimates based on past value trends in currency: USD. See FAQ before use!
Years
MintVarietyGrade201620172018
Royal Mint LondonBrilliant Uncirculated (BU) 21.68 21.15 20.62
Royal Mint LondonUncirculated (UNC) 14.74 14.51 14.27
Royal Mint LondonExtra Fine (EF, XF) 7.52 7.25 6.98
Royal Mint LondonVery Fine (VF) 2.78 2.66 2.54
Royal Mint LondonFine (F) 0.21 0.22 0.22
Royal Mint LondonMatte proofProof 122.65 120.65 118.66
Royal Mint LondonProofProof 6.88 6.77 6.66
Historic values in NZD for Sixpence 1953 / Royal Mint London / (generated 10/2016). Inflation-corrected to 2015.
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Historic values in USD for Sixpence 1953 / Royal Mint London / (generated 10/2016). Inflation-corrected to 2015.
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Historic values in USD for Sixpence 1953 / Matte proof / Royal Mint London / (generated 10/2016). Inflation-corrected to 2015.
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Historic values in USD for Sixpence 1953 / Proof / Royal Mint London / (generated 10/2016). Inflation-corrected to 2015.
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Sixpence 1953: Links to sites that (may) sell similar coins
Coins New Zealand > NZ Pre Decimal coins (1933 to 1965) > Sixpence > 1953
Sixpence 1953: Some useful external links
Museum Victoria Collections: Proof Coin - 6 Pence, New Zealand, 1953
List of all (31) coins of type: New Zealand / Sixpence
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Sixpence 1940 Sixpence 1941 Sixpence 1942 Sixpence 1943 Sixpence 1944 Sixpence 1945
Sixpence 1946 Sixpence 1947 Sixpence 1948 Sixpence 1950 Sixpence 1951 Sixpence 1952
Sixpence 1953 Sixpence 1954 Sixpence 1955 Sixpence 1956 Sixpence 1957 Sixpence 1958
Sixpence 1959 Sixpence 1960 Sixpence 1961 Sixpence 1962 Sixpence 1963 Sixpence 1964
Sixpence 1965