Shilling, Coin Type from Australia - detailed information

Shilling, Coin Type from Australia (issued 1910 - 1963)
Coin TypeShilling

The Australian Shilling is a silver coin which was used in the Commonwealth of Australia prior to decimalisation. It has the same dimensions and composition as the British pre-decimal shilling, from which it is derived (for a time, the coins circulated in parallel and were interchangeable in Australia - but not in the United Kingdom). A shilling is equal to 1/20th of a pound.

The reverse of the first type of Australian shilling coins featured the 1908 Coat of Arms. In 1938, a new design superseded it, featuring a merino ram's head; the old type of coins remained in circulation.

The coins were initially struck by the Royal Mint, then mostly by the Melbourne Mint; during World War II its production was supplemented by coinage produced by the United States Mint:
- Royal Mint, 1910 - 1915, no mint mark
- Birmingham Mint (ex Heaton and Sons), 1915, letter H
- Melbourne Mint, 1916 - 1963, letter M to 1920, then no mint mark
- Sydney Mint, 1921 - 1926, star in 1921 only, then no mint mark
- United States Mint, San Francisco, 1942 - 1944, with S mint mark
- Perth Mint, 1946 only, dots before and after the denomination: .SHILLING. for mint mark

The coins were made of sterling silver (composition: 0.925 silver) until 1946; this was later debased to 50% silver while retaining the Ram's Head design

After decimalisation on 14 February 1966, the shilling was re-denominated as 10 cents and continued to circulate for a time, along with the new 10¢ coins which were the same size and weight (but made of copper-nickel). Even though they were practically withdrawn from circulation in 1966, the shilling coins were never formally demonetised and are still legal tender.

Obverse
Australia / Shilling - obverse photo

Effigy of the ruling British monarch, legend (in Latin). Being a Dominion of the British Empire, Australia used the Imperial legend of the monarch and not a "home" version of it.

Throughout the existence of the coin type, the monarchs were:
- King Edward VII, 1910 only, shown in his Crowned bust by George William de Saulles
- King George V, 1911 - 1936, shown in his Crowned bust by Sir Edgar Bertram Mackennal
- King George VI, 1938 - 1952, shown in his Bare Head portrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget
- Queen Elizabeth II, 1953 - 1963, shown in her First Effigy by Mary Gillick

There were no coins released for King Edward VIII.

Obverse Inscription Legend of the ruling British monarch
Reverse
Australia / Shilling - reverse photo

The first reverse (1910 - 1936) features the Ensigns Armorial of the Commonwealth of Australia, as authorised by Royal Warrant 7th May 1908:

At centre, simple shield enclosing a cross of Saint George on which are five six-pointed stars, around the outside of which are six small escutcheons (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 and on a ribbon at the base, the motto ADVANCE AUSTRALIA is inscribed.

Around above, the value and denomination ONE SHILLING; below, between arrow heads, the date [year].

The second reverse (1938 - 1963) depicts a merino ram's head facing three-quarters left; around above, AUSTRALIA; around below between two Federation stars, the denomination and date SHILLING · [year].

The artist's initials K·G (for [George] Kruger Gray) are in the field above the star on the right.

Reverse Inscription
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

If you keep your coins in 2x2 cardboard holders, the best size for shillings is 25mm.

Coin Type: Shilling - (47) Coins
Coin NameReverseObverseDetails
Shilling 1910 Australia / Shilling 1910 - reverse photo Australia / Shilling 1910 - obverse photo Material: 0.925 Silver
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 2,536,069
Shilling 1911 Australia / Shilling 1911 - reverse photo Australia / Shilling 1911 - obverse photo Material: 0.925 Silver
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 1,700,000
Shilling 1912 Australia / Shilling 1912 - reverse photo Australia / Shilling 1912 - obverse photo Material: 0.925 Silver
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 1,000,000
Shilling 1913 Australia / Shilling 1913 - reverse photo Australia / Shilling 1913 - obverse photo Material: 0.925 Silver
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 1,200,000
Shilling 1914 Australia / Shilling 1914 - reverse photo Australia / Shilling 1914 - obverse photo Material: 0.925 Silver
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 3,300,000
Shilling 1915 Australia / Shilling 1915 - reverse photo Australia / Shilling 1915 - obverse photo Material: 0.925 Silver
Mints:
- Royal Mint: 800,000
- Birmingham Mint: 500,000
Total Mintage: 1,300,000
Shilling 1916 Australia / Shilling 1916 - reverse photo Australia / Shilling 1916 - obverse photo Material: 0.925 Silver
Mint: Melbourne Mint
Mintage: 5,141,025
Shilling 1917 Australia / Shilling 1917 - reverse photo Australia / Shilling 1917 - obverse photo Material: 0.925 Silver
Mint: Melbourne Mint
Mintage: 5,274,000
Shilling 1918 Australia / Shilling 1918 - reverse photo Australia / Shilling 1918 - obverse photo Material: 0.925 Silver
Mint: Melbourne Mint
Mintage: 3,761,000
Shilling 1919 (pattern) Australia / Shilling 1919 (pattern) - reverse photo Australia / Shilling 1919 (pattern) - obverse photo Material: 0.625 Silver
Mint: Melbourne Mint
Mintage: unknown
Shilling 1920 Australia / Shilling 1920 - reverse photo Australia / Shilling 1920 - obverse photo Material: 0.925 Silver
Mint: Melbourne Mint
Mintage: 520,000
Shilling 1921 Australia / Shilling 1921 - reverse photo Australia / Shilling 1921 - obverse photo Material: 0.925 Silver
Mint: Sydney Mint
Mintage: 1,641,000
Shilling 1922 Australia / Shilling 1922 - reverse photo Australia / Shilling 1922 - obverse photo Material: 0.925 Silver
Mint: Melbourne Mint
Mintage: 2,039,924
Shilling 1924 Australia / Shilling 1924 - reverse photo Australia / Shilling 1924 - obverse photo Material: 0.925 Silver
Mints:
- Melbourne Mint: unknown
- Sydney Mint: unknown
Total Mintage: 673,658
Shilling 1925 Australia / Shilling 1925 - reverse photo Australia / Shilling 1925 - obverse photo Material: 0.925 Silver
Mints:
- Melbourne Mint: unknown
- Sydney Mint: unknown
Total Mintage: 1,448,794
Shilling 1926 Australia / Shilling 1926 - reverse photo Australia / Shilling 1926 - obverse photo Material: 0.925 Silver
Mints:
- Melbourne Mint: unknown
- Sydney Mint: unknown
Total Mintage: 2,352,100
Shilling 1927 Australia / Shilling 1927 - reverse photo Australia / Shilling 1927 - obverse photo Material: 0.925 Silver
Mint: Melbourne Mint
Mintage: 1,146,050
Shilling 1928 Australia / Shilling 1928 - reverse photo Australia / Shilling 1928 - obverse photo Material: 0.925 Silver
Mint: Melbourne Mint
Mintage: 664,000
Shilling 1931 Australia / Shilling 1931 - reverse photo Australia / Shilling 1931 - obverse photo Material: 0.925 Silver
Mint: Melbourne Mint
Mintage: 1,000,570
Shilling 1933 Australia / Shilling 1933 - reverse photo Australia / Shilling 1933 - obverse photo Material: 0.925 Silver
Mint: Melbourne Mint
Mintage: 220,000
Shilling 1934 Australia / Shilling 1934 - reverse photo Australia / Shilling 1934 - obverse photo Material: 0.925 Silver
Mint: Melbourne Mint
Mintage: 480,100
Shilling 1935 Australia / Shilling 1935 - reverse photo Australia / Shilling 1935 - obverse photo Material: 0.925 Silver
Mint: Melbourne Mint
Mintage: 500,000
Shilling 1936 Australia / Shilling 1936 - reverse photo Australia / Shilling 1936 - obverse photo Material: 0.925 Silver
Mint: Melbourne Mint
Mintage: 2,000,000
Shilling 1937 (pattern) Material: Silver
Mint: Melbourne Mint
Mintage: unknown
Shilling 1938 Australia / Shilling 1938 - reverse photo Australia / Shilling 1938 - obverse photo Material: 0.925 Silver
Mint: Melbourne Mint
Mintage: 1,484,250
Shilling 1939 Australia / Shilling 1939 - reverse photo Australia / Shilling 1939 - obverse photo Material: 0.925 Silver
Mint: Melbourne Mint
Mintage: 1,520,000
Shilling 1940 Australia / Shilling 1940 - reverse photo Australia / Shilling 1940 - obverse photo Material: 0.925 Silver
Mint: Melbourne Mint
Mintage: 760,000
Shilling 1941 Australia / Shilling 1941 - reverse photo Australia / Shilling 1941 - obverse photo Material: 0.925 Silver
Mint: Melbourne Mint
Mintage: 3,040,000
Shilling 1942 Australia / Shilling 1942 - reverse photo Australia / Shilling 1942 - obverse photo Material: 0.925 Silver
Mints:
- San Francisco Mint: 4,000,000
- Melbourne Mint: 1,380,000
Total Mintage: 5,380,000
Shilling 1943 Australia / Shilling 1943 - reverse photo Australia / Shilling 1943 - obverse photo Material: 0.925 Silver
Mints:
- San Francisco Mint: 16,000,000
- Melbourne Mint: 2,720,000
Total Mintage: 18,720,000
Shilling 1944 Australia / Shilling 1944 - reverse photo Australia / Shilling 1944 - obverse photo Material: 0.925 Silver
Mints:
- Melbourne Mint: 14,576,000
- United States Mint, San Francisco: 8,000,000
Total Mintage: 22,576,000
Shilling 1945 (not released) Australia / Shilling 1945 (not released) - reverse photo Australia / Shilling 1945 (not released) - obverse photo Material: 0.925 Silver
Mint: Melbourne Mint
Mintage: unknown
Shilling 1946 Australia / Shilling 1946 - reverse photo Australia / Shilling 1946 - obverse photo Material: 0.500 Silver
Mints:
- Melbourne Mint: 10,072,000
- Perth Mint: 1,316,000
Total Mintage: 11,388,000
Shilling 1948 Australia / Shilling 1948 - reverse photo Australia / Shilling 1948 - obverse photo Material: 0.500 Silver
Mint: Melbourne Mint
Mintage: 4,132,000
Shilling 1950 Australia / Shilling 1950 - reverse photo Australia / Shilling 1950 - obverse photo Material: 0.500 Silver
Mint: Melbourne Mint
Mintage: 7,188,000
Shilling 1952 Australia / Shilling 1952 - reverse photo Australia / Shilling 1952 - obverse photo Material: 0.500 Silver
Mint: Melbourne Mint
Mintage: 19,644,000
Shilling 1953 Australia / Shilling 1953 - reverse photo Australia / Shilling 1953 - obverse photo Material: 0.500 Silver
Mint: Melbourne Mint
Mintage: 12,204,000
Shilling 1954 Australia / Shilling 1954 - reverse photo Australia / Shilling 1954 - obverse photo Material: 0.500 Silver
Mint: Melbourne Mint
Mintage: 16,188,000
Shilling 1955 Australia / Shilling 1955 - reverse photo Australia / Shilling 1955 - obverse photo Material: 0.500 Silver
Mint: Melbourne Mint
Mintage: 7,493,200
Shilling 1956 Australia / Shilling 1956 - reverse photo Australia / Shilling 1956 - obverse photo Material: 0.500 Silver
Mint: Melbourne Mint
Mintage: 6,065,500
Shilling 1957 Australia / Shilling 1957 - reverse photo Australia / Shilling 1957 - obverse photo Material: 0.500 Silver
Mint: Melbourne Mint
Mintage: 12,669,256
Shilling 1958 Australia / Shilling 1958 - reverse photo Australia / Shilling 1958 - obverse photo Material: 0.500 Silver
Mint: Melbourne Mint
Mintage: 7,413,506
Shilling 1959 Material: 0.500 Silver
Mint: Melbourne Mint
Mintage: 10,877,506
Shilling 1960 Australia / Shilling 1960 - reverse photo Australia / Shilling 1960 - obverse photo Material: 0.500 Silver
Mint: Melbourne Mint
Mintage: 14,513,509
Shilling 1961 Australia / Shilling 1961 - reverse photo Australia / Shilling 1961 - obverse photo Material: 0.500 Silver
Mint: Melbourne Mint
Mintage: 31,865,506
Shilling 1962 Australia / Shilling 1962 - reverse photo Australia / Shilling 1962 - obverse photo Material: 0.500 Silver
Mint: Melbourne Mint
Mintage: 6,594,016
Shilling 1963 Australia / Shilling 1963 - reverse photo Australia / Shilling 1963 - obverse photo Material: 0.500 Silver
Mint: Melbourne Mint
Mintage: 10,074,000
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Shilling: Details
CountryAustralia
CurrencyAustralian Pound
Sub-types Shilling - Coat of Arms
Shilling - Ram's Head
From1910
To1963
Face Value1 (x Shilling)
CurrentNo; withdrawn 1966
MaterialSilver
DesignerWilliam Henry James Blakemore, George Kruger Gray
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size23.500 mm
Mass5.650 g
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Shilling: Photos
ImageDetails
Australia 1910 shilling
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Author:
Notes: Coat of Arms (1910 - 1936).
Source
Australia 1953 shilling
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Author:
Notes: Ram's head (1937 - 1963).
Source
Australia 1910 shilling
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Author:
Notes: King Edward VII (1910).
Source
Australia 1915-H shilling
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Author:
Notes: King George V (1911 - 1936).
Source
Proof Coin - 1 Shilling, Australia, 1945
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Author:
Notes: King George VI, Emperor of India (1938 - 1948).
Source
Coin - 1 Shilling, Australia, 1950
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Author:
Notes: King George VI (1950 - 1952).
Source
Proof Coin - 1 Shilling, Specimen Strike, Australia, 1953
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Author:
Notes: Queen Elizabeth II (1953 - 1954).
Source
Australia 1958 shilling
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Author:
Notes: Queen Elizabeth II, Defender of the Faith (1955 - 1963).
Source