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1935 Australian Silver Shilling

Sterling Silver

By 1935 the Melbourne branch mint was the only mint manufacturing shillings, the demise of the Sydney Mint had come in 1926.
The 1935 shilling is regarded by many collectors to be the most undervalued of the shilling series and is still quite affordable in higher grades. Whilst relatively common in lower grades, the astute collector should consider obtaining a high grade example of this coin.


Points to consider when grading the reverse are:
  • the Emu's back feathers;
  • the shoulder and haunches of the kangaroo;
  • the head of the emu;
  • the point of the Federation star;
  • the sharpness of details on the denticles, lettering, scroll and shield;
  • the rim for dents and nicks;
  • A weak strike will show in the grass and the shield, the Emu's back, Advance Australia and the centre top of the shield.


Composition: .925 silver
Silver Content: 0.1680 oz
Edge: Reeded
Weight: 5.65 grams
Size: 23.5 mm
Obverse: Sir E.B. Mackennal
Reverse: W.H.J. Blakemore