A silver coin (23.5 mm diameter with milled edge) featuring a laureate head of Elizabeth II facing right with the legend, + ELIZABETH . II . DEI . GRATIA . REGINA F: D:.
The reverse features a ram's head facing three-quarters left; around above, AUSTRALIA, around below between two Federation stars, SHILLING . 1961. The artist's initials, KG is in the field above the star on the right.
Laureate bust of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (the effigy by Mary Gillick known as the "First portrait"); the designer's initials, M.G., appear incuse on the base of the neck truncation. The monarch's legend ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA F: D: + (Elizabeth the Second, by the grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith) runs continuously all around the bust.