New Zealand: Coin Sixpence 1953 - detailed information

New Zealand: Coin Sixpence 1953
CoinSixpence 1953

MintRoyal Mint
Obverse
New Zealand / Sixpence 1953 - obverse photo

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 QUEEN · ELIZABETH · THE · SECOND + runs continuously all around the bust.

Obverse Inscription QUEEN · ELIZABETH · THE · SECOND +
Reverse
New Zealand / Sixpence 1953 - reverse photo

A huia bird perched on a branch facing right; around above, NEW ZEALAND; around below, the denomination and date, SIXPENCE 1953; below the centre of the branch, in small letters, the artist's initials KG (for [George] Kruger Gray).

Reverse Inscription NEW ZEALAND SIXPENCE 1953
EdgeMilled
Edge InscriptionNone
Notes

The Queen's effigy on the 1953, 1954, 1955 and an estimated 200,000 of 1957 coins has a small variation from the standard in that there are no shoulder straps visible.

Reference to original information:

84th Annual Report of the Deputy Master and Comptroller of the Royal Mint 1953, p.8.:

"New Zealand - 250,000 crowns, 120,000 halfcrowns, 250,000 florins, 200,000 shillings, 1,200,000 sixpences, 4,000,000 threepences, 2,400,000 pennies and 120,000 halfpence were struck.

All bore on the obverse the uncrowned effigy of Her Majesty by Mrs. Gillick, O.B.E., together with the inscription "QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND". The reverse designs of the denominations from the halfpenny to the halfcrown were unchanged, but the reverse design of the crown was new.

It consisted of a Maori carving, surmounted by the crowned Royal Cypher, all between five-pointed stars, representing the Southern Cross, and the inscription "NEW ZEALAND CROWN 1953". Mr. T.H. Paget modeled the design in plaster according to a drawing from New Zealand. The design is illustrated in Plate A, Fig. 9.

7,000 specimen sets of all denominations were also supplied in cases."

Sixpence 1953: Known varieties
Variety Proof New Zealand / Sixpence 1953 / Proof - obverse photo New Zealand / Sixpence 1953 / Proof - reverse photo
Mintage 7,000 (included in total)
Variety Matte proof
Mintage unknown
Sixpence 1953: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Museums Victoria Collections 2016 Coin description link
Royal Mint 1953 Mint
Royal Mint 1953 Mintage Circulation and proof mintage
Reserve Bank of New Zealand 15 Oct 2014 Mintage link Combined mintage
Renniks, New Zealand Coinage Guide 1965 - 1966 Mintage Combined mintage
Australian Coin Chart 1966 Mintage Combined mintage
Royal Mint 1953 Varieties Proof
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Varieties Proof
John Bertrand, New Zealand Coin and Banknote Catalogue 1965 - Valuations
Renniks, New Zealand Coinage Guide 1965 - 1966 Valuations
Sixpence 1953 / Best-effort future value guesstimates based on past value trends in currency: New Zealand Dollar (NZD)
MintVarietyGrade2018201920202021
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Royal MintUncirculated (UNC) 51.30 51.39 51.48 51.57
Royal MintAlmost Uncirculated (aUNC) 29.40 28.94 28.48 28.02
Royal MintExtra Fine (EF, XF) 19.60 19.29 18.99 18.68
Royal MintVery Fine (VF) 5.88 5.79 5.70 5.60
Royal MintFine (F) 1.96 1.93 1.90 1.87
Sixpence 1953 / Best-effort future value guesstimates based on past value trends in currency: US Dollar (USD)
MintVarietyGrade2018201920202021
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Royal MintMatte proofProof 110.06 106.14 102.21 98.28
Royal MintProofProof 6.24 6.03 5.82 5.61
Royal MintBrilliant Uncirculated (BU) 19.58 18.82 18.05 17.29
Royal MintUncirculated (UNC) 12.51 11.98 11.44 10.90
Royal MintExtra Fine (EF, XF) 6.67 6.40 6.13 5.85
Royal MintVery Fine (VF) 2.78 2.73 2.69 2.64
Royal MintFine (F) 0.20 0.20 0.20 0.20
Historic values in NZD for Sixpence 1953 / Royal Mint / (generated 8/2018). Inflation-corrected to 2017.
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Historic values in USD for Sixpence 1953 / Royal Mint / (generated 8/2018). Inflation-corrected to 2017.
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Historic values in USD for Sixpence 1953 / Matte proof / Royal Mint / (generated 8/2018). Inflation-corrected to 2017.
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Historic values in USD for Sixpence 1953 / Proof / Royal Mint / (generated 8/2018). Inflation-corrected to 2017.
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All Coins of Country: New Zealand, Type: Sixpence (31)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Sixpence 1933 3,000,020 Portrait by Percy Metcalfe (Crowned Bust) GEORGE V KING EMPEROR
Sixpence 1934 3,600,020 Portrait by Percy Metcalfe (Crowned Bust) GEORGE V KING EMPEROR
Sixpence 1935 560,364 Portrait by Percy Metcalfe (Crowned Bust) GEORGE V KING EMPEROR
Sixpence 1936 1,580,000 Portrait by Percy Metcalfe (Crowned Bust) GEORGE V KING EMPEROR
Sixpence 1937 1,280,000 Portrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR
Sixpence 1939 700,000 Portrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR
Sixpence 1940 800,000 Portrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR
Sixpence 1941 440,000 Portrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR
Sixpence 1942 360,000 Portrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR
Sixpence 1943 1,800,000 Portrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR
Sixpence 1944 1,160,000 Portrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR
Sixpence 1945 940,000 Portrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR
Sixpence 1946 2,120,000 Portrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR
Sixpence 1947 3,200,020 Portrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR
Sixpence 1948 2,000,000 Portrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget KING GEORGE THE SIXTH
Sixpence 1950 800,000 Portrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget KING GEORGE THE SIXTH
Sixpence 1951 1,800,000 Portrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget KING GEORGE THE SIXTH
Sixpence 1952 3,200,000 Portrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget KING GEORGE THE SIXTH
Sixpence 1953 1,207,000 Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) QUEEN · ELIZABETH · THE · SECOND +
Sixpence 1954 1,200,000 Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) QUEEN · ELIZABETH · THE · SECOND +
Sixpence 1955 1,600,000 Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) QUEEN · ELIZABETH · THE · SECOND +
Sixpence 1956 2,000,000 Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) QUEEN · ELIZABETH · THE · SECOND +
Sixpence 1957 2,400,000 Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) QUEEN · ELIZABETH · THE · SECOND +
Sixpence 1958 3,000,000 Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) QUEEN · ELIZABETH · THE · SECOND +
Sixpence 1959 2,000,000 Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) QUEEN · ELIZABETH · THE · SECOND +
Sixpence 1960 1,600,000 Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) QUEEN · ELIZABETH · THE · SECOND +
Sixpence 1961 800,000 Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) QUEEN · ELIZABETH · THE · SECOND +
Sixpence 1962 1,200,000 Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) QUEEN · ELIZABETH · THE · SECOND +
Sixpence 1963 800,000 Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) QUEEN · ELIZABETH · THE · SECOND +
Sixpence 1964 3,800,000 Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) QUEEN · ELIZABETH · THE · SECOND +
Sixpence 1965 8,625,010 Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) QUEEN · ELIZABETH · THE · SECOND +
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Sixpence 1953: Details
CountryNew Zealand
CurrencyNew Zealand Pound
Coin TypeSixpence (CuproNickel)
Issued1953
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyPortrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait)
Face Value6 (x Penny)
CurrentNo (demonetised 2006)
Mintage1,207,000 (1.2 million)
RarityC (Common)
MaterialCuproNickel
DesignerGeorge Kruger Gray
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
Size (mm)19
Mass (g)2.9000
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Sixpence 1953: Photos
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Proof Coin - 6 Pence, New Zealand, 1953
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Proof Coin - 6 Pence, New Zealand, 1953
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Sixpence 1953: Catalogue Reference IDs