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Coin: Shilling 1945 (not released)
Description

A silver coin (23.5 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 bust in small lettering the artist's initials H.P.

The reverse features a ram's head facing three-quarters left; around above, AUSTRALIA, around below between two Federation stars, SHILLING . 1945. The artist's initials, KG is in the field above the star on the right.

Immediately after World War II the silver employed in the manufacture was dropped from sterling, .925 fine, to .500 fine. This was the first issue of the 50% silver coinage. The entire issue of 1945 shillings, which had been struck on the sterling silver standard, was still in store when the decision to debase was made, and all except some proofs of record were melted.

CountryAustralia CurrencyAustralian Pound
Face value1 (x Pound) TypeShilling - Ram's Head (Sterling silver)
Year1945 CurrentNo (demonetised 1966)
Mintageunknown RarityR7 (Highest rarity possible, 3 or less examples known)
Mints
NameMint markMintage
Melbourne Mint No mint mark unknown, Rarity: R7 (Highest rarity possible, 3 or less examples known)
MaterialSilver DesignerGeorge Kruger Gray
MonarchKing George VI EffigyPortrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)23.5000 Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)5.6500
Obverse

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. (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

A merino ram's head facing three-quarters left; around above, AUSTRALIA; around below between two Federation stars, the denomination and date SHILLING · 1945. The artist's initials K·G (for [George] Kruger Gray) are in the field above the star on the right.

Reverse inscriptionAUSTRALIA SHILLING 1945
EdgeMilled Edge inscriptionNone
Notes

According to Greg McDonald's "Australian Coins and Banknotes" Catalogue:
"Three pieces were found during a "stocktake" at the Museum Victoria by the curator, John Sharples, in the late 1970's."

This coin is not listed in Krause catalogues.

Shilling 1945 (not released): Photos
Shilling 1945 (not released): Photo Proof Coin - 1 Shilling, Australia, 1945
Proof Coin - 1 Shilling, Australia, 1945
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Notes: Proof.
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Shilling 1945 (not released): Photo Proof Coin - 1 Shilling, Australia, 1945
Proof Coin - 1 Shilling, Australia, 1945
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
Author:
Notes: Proof.
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Shilling 1945 (not released): References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Museums Victoria Collections 2016 Coin description link
Museums Victoria Collections 2016 Mint link
Shilling 1945 (not released): Some useful external links
Museums Victoria: Proof Coin - 1 Shilling, Australia, 1945
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