The Australian Crown was a coin used in the Commonwealth of Australia prior to decimalisation in 1966. The denomination was only minted in 1937 and 1938. It was of similar size and weight to the British Crown and was made of sterling silver for both its years of production. Like the British Crown, the Australian Crown was worth five shillings.
The Crown was originally intended to commemorate the ascension of King Edward VIII; however, due to his abdication, it was instead struck to commemorate the ascension of King George VI. The Crown quickly lost its commemorative appeal and its lack of popularity led to its production's being terminated. 1,008,000 Australian Crowns were minted in 1937 and 101,600 were minted in 1938, making the 1938 much more valuable today.
Composition: 0.925 silver (0.8411 oz ASW).
Bare head of King George VI facing left; around, the the monarch's legend in Latin GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP. (George the Sixth, by the Grace of God, King of all the Britains, Defender of the Faith, Emperor of India); below the neck truncation in small letters are the artist's initials HP (for [Thomas] Humphrey Paget).
|Obverse Inscription||GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP.|
At centre the Imperial crown with the date 1937 below; around above, COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA; around below, . ONE CROWN . The artist's initials K.G are in small letters in the field at the bottom right of the crown.
|Reverse Inscription||COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA [year] ONE CROWN|
If you keep your coins in 2x2 cardboard holders, the best size for crowns is 39.5mm.
|Crown 1937||1,800,100||Portrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget||GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP.|
|Crown 1938||101,800||Portrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget||GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP.|