Crown 1937, Coin from Australia - detailed information

Crown 1937, Coin from Australia (withdrawn 1966)
CoinCrown 1937

The Australian Crown 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 crown, from which it is derived. A Crown is equal to five shillings, or 60 pence, or one quarter of a pound.

The Australian 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 being terminated. 1,008,000 Australian Crowns were minted in 1937 and only 101,600 in 1938, making the 1938 much more valuable today. There were no further issues.

After decimalisation on 14 February 1966, unlike some of the smaller denominations, the crown was not re-denominated into a unit of the new currency. The coins were not very popular due to their large size and had not circulated much even before they were withdrawn from circulation in 1966. However, they were never formally demonetised and are still legal tender.

MintMelbourne Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage1,800,100 (1.8 million)
Obverse
Australia / Crown 1937 - obverse photo

Bare head of King George VI facing left; around, the monarch's legend in Latin GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP.. Translated from Latin: 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.
Reverse
Australia / Crown 1937 - reverse photo

At centre the Imperial crown with the date 1937 below; around above, COMMONWEALTH : OF : AUSTRALIA; around below, the denomination · ONE CROWN · (being equal to five shillings).

The artist's initials K·G (for [George] Kruger Gray) are in small letters in the field at the bottom right of the crown.

Reverse Inscription COMMONWEALTH : OF : AUSTRALIA · ONE CROWN · 1937
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Krause catalogues list mintage of 1,008,000 plus 100 proofs. Renniks 1965 and The Australian Coin Chart 1965 list circulation mintage of 1,800,000.

The reverse design was reissued in 1998 as a Non-Circulating Legal Tender (NCLT) silver 50 cents coin.

Crown 1937: Known varieties
Variety Proof
Mintage 100 (included in total)
Variety Uniface proof
Mintage unknown
Crown 1937: References to Information Used
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Museums Victoria Collections 2016 Coin description link
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote Values 1965 Mint
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote Values 1965 Mintage Circulation mintage
The Standard Australian Coin Catalogue 1965 Mintage Circulation mintage
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mintage Proof mintage
McDonald, Australian Coins and Banknotes Varieties Uniface proof
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Varieties Proof
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Crown 1937: Details
CountryAustralia
CurrencyAustralian Pound
Coin TypeCrown
Issued1937
MonarchKing George VI
EffigyKing George VI - Bare Head, by Thomas Humphrey Paget
Face Value5 (x Shilling)
Mintage1,800,100 (1.8 million)
CurrentNo; withdrawn 1966
Material0.925 Silver
DesignerGeorge Kruger Gray
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size (mm)38.5000
Mass (g)28.2800
OCC IDRDKL-MOMK-CPVR-ONZB
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