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1954 Australian Silver Sixpence

50% Silver

1954 was the last sixpence to have the "god-less" legend on the obverse. The omission of the title, Defender of the Faith (F:D: , Fidei Defensor), which was first granted to Henry VIII in 1521 caused such an outcry that it was once again gracing Australian coins in 1955.


Collectors should consider acquiring most of the Queen Elizabeth II series in Gem coins, these are still affordable with the greatest possible upside. Coins Extra Fine and below are considered little more than bullion coins.
When looking at the Mary Gillick obverse the points to look at are:
  • The Queen's shoulder,
  • The hair,
  • the sharpness of details on the denticles, lettering;
  • the rim for dents and nicks;
  • The whole coin should be considered including lustre, the fields, denticles and rim condition;
  • A weak strike shows in the lack of definition in the shoulder, hair, wreath and the back of the eye.


Composition: .500 silver
Silver Content: 0.0455 oz
Edge: Reeded
Weight: 2.83 grams
Size: 19.0 mm
Obverse: Mary Gillick
Reverse: W.H.J. Blakemore