Information about Coat of Arms: Coat of Arms of Australia, 1912

Coat of Arms of Australia, 1912
Australia / Florin 1963

The second (and current) Coat of Arms of the Commonwealth of Australia was granted by King George V by Royal Warrant on 19 September 1912. It replaced the 1908 Coat of Arms.

It is composed of a shield divided into six parts, each containing a representation of the badge of a State:
- New South Wales - the Cross of St George with lion and stars
- Victoria - the Southern Cross
- Queensland - a blue Maltese Cross and Crown
- South Australia - the Australian piping shrike bird
- Western Australia - a black swan
- Tasmania - a red walking lion

The shield is supported by a kangaroo and an emu standing on a grassy mound accompanied by small branches of wattle. A seven-point gold Commonwealth Star sits above the shield. Six of the star’s points represent the Australian states and the seventh point represents the territories.

The representation of the Coat of Arms on pre-decimal florin coins varied from the above:
- it had a crown in place of the Federation Star, and
- the representation of South Australia was by three sheaves of wheat above a rising sun instead of the authorised Piping Shrike

Note that the Coat of Arms appears on the reverse of the coins, since the obverse is reserved for the monarch's effigy.

Coat of Arms of Australia, 1912 - Example/s on coins
Australia / Florin 1963

1912 Coat of Arms of Australia on silver Florin coins (1938 - 1963)

Australia / Florin 1963

The 1912 Coat of Arms of Australia was only depicted on coins from 1938 onwards (earlier, the 1908 Coat of Arms was shown). This is how it looked like on the round pre-decimal coins of the Australian Florin (Two Shillings) denomination, issued until 1963.

Note the variations: large crown in place of the Federation Star, and South Australia being represented by three sheaves of wheat above a rising sun instead of the authorised Piping Shrike.

Also note that this is the reverse of the coin (the obverse depicts the monarch).

Australia / Fifty Cents 1966 (round, silver)

1912 Coat of Arms of Australia on silver 50 Cents

Australia / Fifty Cents 1966 (round, silver)

The 1912 Coat of Arms of Australia was briefly shown on a round silver Fifty Cents coin, issued into circulation in 1966 only.

From time to time, the Royal Australian Mint also issues Non-circulating Legal Tender (NCLT) round 50 cents for collectors, some of them with this reverse.

Australia / Fifty Cents 2006

1912 Coat of Arms of Australia on modern 50 Cents

Australia / Fifty Cents 2006

The 1912 Coat of Arms of Australia is currently shown on dodecagonal (12-sided) coins of the Fifty Cents denomination, issued from 1969.

Its shape has been adapted to cover the whole surface of the coin - there are no inscriptions outside the Coat of Arms; the numeral 50 for the value is overlaid on top of it.

Also note that - as on the earlier coins - this is the reverse of the coin (the obverse depicts the monarch).

Coat of Arms of Australia, 1912 - Coins (67)
CountryNameMintageLegend
Australia Florin 1937 (pattern) unknown
Australia Florin 1938 2,990,250 GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP.
Australia Florin 1939 630,000 GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP.
Australia Florin 1940 8,410,000 GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP.
Australia Florin 1941 7,694,000 GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP.
Australia Florin 1942 23,986,000 GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP.
Australia Florin 1943 23,762,000 GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP.
Australia Florin 1944 33,440,000 GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP.
Australia Florin 1945 11,970,000 GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP.
Australia Florin 1946 22,154,000 GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP.
Australia Florin 1947 39,292,800 GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP.
Australia Florin 1951 10,068,000 GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX FIDEI DEF.
Australia Florin 1952 10,044,000 GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX FIDEI DEF.
Australia Florin 1953 12,658,000 + ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA
Australia Florin 1954 15,366,000 + ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA
Australia Florin 1956 8,091,500 + ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F : D :
Australia Florin 1957 9,279,256 + ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F : D :
Australia Florin 1958 8,973,506 + ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F : D :
Australia Florin 1959 3,501,506 + ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F : D :
Australia Florin 1960 15,761,509 + ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F : D :
Australia Florin 1961 9,453,506 + ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F : D :
Australia Florin 1962 13,750,016 + ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F : D :
Australia Florin 1963 12,004,000 + ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F : D :
Australia Fifty Cents 1969 14,028,000 ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1969
Australia Fifty Cents 1971 21,066,000 ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1971
Australia Fifty Cents 1972 5,596,000 ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1972
Australia Fifty Cents 1973 4,019,000 ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1973
Australia Fifty Cents 1974 8,973,000 ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1974
Australia Fifty Cents 1975 19,048,000 ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1975
Australia Fifty Cents 1976 27,301,000 ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1976
Australia Fifty Cents 1977 Coat of Arms unknown ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1977
Australia Fifty Cents 1978 25,804,000 ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1978
Australia Fifty Cents 1978 Fiji Mule unknown ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1978
Australia Fifty Cents 1979 24,922,000 ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1979
Australia Fifty Cents 1980 38,749,000 ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1980
Australia Fifty Cents 1981 24,254,000 ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1981
Australia Fifty Cents 1983 49,003,000 ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1983
Australia Fifty Cents 1984 26,342,000 ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1984
Australia Fifty Cents 1985 1,075,000 ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1985
Australia Fifty Cents 1986 (mint sets only) 247,000 ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1986
Australia Fifty Cents 1987 (mint sets only) 270,000 ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1987
Australia Fifty Cents 1988 Coat of Arms unknown ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1988
Australia Fifty Cents 1989 (mint sets only) unknown ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1989
Australia Fifty Cents 1990 (mint sets only) unknown ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1990
Australia Fifty Cents 1992 (mint sets only) unknown ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1992
Australia Fifty Cents 1993 1,000,000 ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1993
Australia Fifty Cents 1996 19,297,000 ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1996
Australia Fifty Cents 1997 4,340,000 ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1997
Australia Fifty Cents 1999 20,346,000 ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1999
Australia Fifty Cents 2004 17,918,000 ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2004
Australia Fifty Cents 2005 (PNC only) 30,000 ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2005
Australia Fifty Cents 2006 59,300,000 ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2006
Australia Fifty Cents 2007 19,900,000 ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2007
Australia Fifty Cents 2008 33,000,000 ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2008
Australia Fifty Cents 2009 19,000,000 ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2009
Australia Fifty Cents 2010 22,200,000 ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2010
Australia Fifty Cents 2011 14,400,000 ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2011
Australia Fifty Cents 2012 17,600,000 ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2012
Australia Fifty Cents 2013 18,800,000 ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2013
Australia Fifty Cents 2014 17,700,000 ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2014
Australia Fifty Cents 2015 19,400,000 ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2015
Australia Fifty Cents 2016 15,700,000 ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2016
Australia Fifty Cents 2017 25,500,000 ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2017
Australia Fifty Cents 2018 unknown ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2018
Australia Fifty Cents 2019 (Fourth Portrait) unknown ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2019
Australia Fifty Cents 2019 (Fifth Portrait) unknown ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2019
Australia Fifty Cents 2020 unknown ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2020
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Coat of Arms of Australia, 1912: Details
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