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Australian Sixpence

1910 Australian Silver Sixpence

Sterling Silver

Australia's first Sixpence, Shipments of the threepence, sixpence and florins arrived in October after Edward's death on May 6 1910 so many of these coins were kept as souvenirs and can quite often be found in higher grades.
The local mints in Sydney and Melbourne had been employed in the striking of gold sovereigns and half-sovereigns but were not prepared to cope with the new currency and for the first few years Australian coins were ordered from the Royal Mint in London.

Image Courtesy of Downies-Australian Coin Auctions

Blackmore's depiction of the Australian Coat of Arms which was granted by Edward VII in May 1908, used a shield which closely resembles the New South Wales Coat of Arms.
Grading the Edward VII portrait can be quite difficult as even well struck examples appear to be quite flat.


Composition: .925 silver
Silver Content: 0.0841 oz
Edge: Reeded
Weight: 2.83 grams
Size: 19.0 mm
Obverse: George William De Saulles
Reverse: W.H.J. Blakemore