Australia: Coin Crown 1938 - detailed information

Australia: Coin Crown 1938
CoinCrown 1938

A silver coin (38 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 the head in small lettering the artist's initials HP. The reverse features the Imperial crown with the date 1938 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.

The mint records state that apart from the normal issue, 200 proof 1938 crowns were also manufactured.

MintMelbourne Mint
Obverse
Australia / Crown 1938 - obverse photo

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.
Reverse
Australia / Crown 1938 - reverse photo

At centre the Imperial crown with the date 1938 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 · 1938
EdgeMilled
Edge InscriptionNone
Notes

Krause catalogues list mintage as 102,000 regular and 250 proof Crowns.

Renniks 1965 and The Australian Coin Chart 1965 list circulation mintage of 101,600.
According to Museums Victoria (which inherited the Melbourne Mint's archives and should be considered authoritative) "The mint records state that 200 proof 1938 crowns were manufactured."

Crown 1938: Known varieties
Variety Proof
Mintage 200 (included in total)
DetailsKrause lists 250 proofs.
Crown 1938: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Museums Victoria Collections 2016 Coin description link
Museums Victoria Collections 2016 Mint link
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote Values 1965 Mintage Circulation mintage
Australian Coin Chart 1965 Mintage Circulation mintage
Museums Victoria Collections 2016 Mintage link Proof mintage
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Varieties Proof
Museums Victoria Collections 2016 Varieties link Proof
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Crown 1938: Details
CountryAustralia
CurrencyAustralian Pound
Coin TypeCrown
Issued1938
MonarchKing George VI
EffigyKing George VI by Thomas Humphrey Paget
Face Value5 (x Shilling)
CurrentNo (demonetised 1966)
Mintage101,800
Material0.925 Silver
DesignerGeorge Kruger Gray
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
Size (mm)38.5000
Mass (g)28.2800
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Proof Coin - Crown (5 Shillings), Australia, 1938
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