Australia: Coin Shilling 1945 (not released) - detailed information

Australia: Coin Shilling 1945 (not released)
CoinShilling 1945 (not released)

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.

MintMelbourne Mint
Obverse
Australia / Shilling 1945 (not released) - 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. (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 / Shilling 1945 (not released) - reverse photo

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 Inscription AUSTRALIA 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): References to Information Used
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Museums Victoria Collections 2016 Coin description link
Museums Victoria Collections 2016 Mint link
All Coins of Country: Australia, Type: Shilling (47)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Shilling 1910 2,536,069 Portrait by George William de Saulles (Crowned Bust) EDWARDVS VII D:G: BRITT. OMN: REX F: D: IND: IMP: ·
Shilling 1911 1,700,000 Portrait by Bertram Mackennal (Crowned Bust) GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP: ·
Shilling 1912 1,000,000 Portrait by Bertram Mackennal (Crowned Bust) GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP: ·
Shilling 1913 1,200,000 Portrait by Bertram Mackennal (Crowned Bust) GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP: ·
Shilling 1914 3,300,000 Portrait by Bertram Mackennal (Crowned Bust) GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP: ·
Shilling 1915 1,300,000 Portrait by Bertram Mackennal (Crowned Bust) GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP: ·
Shilling 1916 5,141,025 Portrait by Bertram Mackennal (Crowned Bust) GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP: ·
Shilling 1917 5,274,000 Portrait by Bertram Mackennal (Crowned Bust) GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP: ·
Shilling 1918 3,761,000 Portrait by Bertram Mackennal (Crowned Bust) GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP: ·
Shilling 1919 (pattern) unknown Portrait by Bertram Mackennal (Crowned Bust) GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP: ·
Shilling 1920 520,000 Portrait by Bertram Mackennal (Crowned Bust) GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP: ·
Shilling 1921 1,641,000 Portrait by Bertram Mackennal (Crowned Bust) GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP: ·
Shilling 1922 2,039,924 Portrait by Bertram Mackennal (Crowned Bust) GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP: ·
Shilling 1924 673,658 Portrait by Bertram Mackennal (Crowned Bust) GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP: ·
Shilling 1925 1,448,794 Portrait by Bertram Mackennal (Crowned Bust) GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP: ·
Shilling 1926 2,352,100 Portrait by Bertram Mackennal (Crowned Bust) GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP: ·
Shilling 1927 1,146,050 Portrait by Bertram Mackennal (Crowned Bust) GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP: ·
Shilling 1928 664,000 Portrait by Bertram Mackennal (Crowned Bust) GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP: ·
Shilling 1931 1,000,570 Portrait by Bertram Mackennal (Crowned Bust) GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP: ·
Shilling 1933 220,000 Portrait by Bertram Mackennal (Crowned Bust) GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP: ·
Shilling 1934 480,100 Portrait by Bertram Mackennal (Crowned Bust) GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP: ·
Shilling 1935 500,000 Portrait by Bertram Mackennal (Crowned Bust) GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP: ·
Shilling 1936 2,000,000 Portrait by Bertram Mackennal (Crowned Bust) GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP: ·
Shilling 1937 (pattern) 6 None
Shilling 1938 1,484,250 Portrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP.
Shilling 1939 1,520,000 Portrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP.
Shilling 1940 760,000 Portrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP.
Shilling 1941 3,040,000 Portrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP.
Shilling 1942 5,380,000 Portrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP.
Shilling 1943 18,720,000 Portrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP.
Shilling 1944 22,576,000 Portrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP.
Shilling 1945 (not released) unknown Portrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP.
Shilling 1946 11,388,000 Portrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP.
Shilling 1948 4,132,000 Portrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP.
Shilling 1950 7,188,000 Portrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX FIDEI DEF.
Shilling 1952 19,644,000 Portrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX FIDEI DEF.
Shilling 1953 12,204,000 Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA +
Shilling 1954 16,188,000 Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA +
Shilling 1955 7,493,200 Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA F: D: +
Shilling 1956 6,065,500 Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA F: D: +
Shilling 1957 12,669,256 Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA F: D: +
Shilling 1958 7,413,506 Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA F: D: +
Shilling 1959 10,877,506 Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA F: D: +
Shilling 1960 14,513,509 Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA F: D: +
Shilling 1961 31,865,506 Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA F: D: +
Shilling 1962 6,594,016 Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA F: D: +
Shilling 1963 10,074,000 Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA F: D: +
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Shilling 1945 (not released): Details
CountryAustralia
CurrencyAustralian Pound
Coin TypeShilling - Ram's Head (Sterling silver)
Issued1945
MonarchKing George VI
EffigyPortrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget
Face Value1 (x Pound)
CurrentNo (demonetised 1966)
Mintageunknown
RarityR7 (Highest rarity possible, 3 or less examples known)
MaterialSilver
DesignerGeorge Kruger Gray
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
Size (mm)23.5000
Mass (g)5.6500
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Shilling 1945 (not released): Photos
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Proof Coin - 1 Shilling, Australia, 1945
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Notes: Proof.
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Proof Coin - 1 Shilling, Australia, 1945
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
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Notes: Proof.
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