Mintage:1,200,000 Reverse Designer:W. H. J. BlakemoreObverse Designer:Sir E. B. MacKennelSize:23.5mmWeight:5.66gEdge:ReededComposition:92.5% Silver 7.5% Copper
The George V shilling series, lasting throughout George V's reign from 1911 to 1936, features the Australian coat of arms
with ADVANCE AUSTRALIA across the scroll, SHILLING up the top, and the year of issue down the bottom. The
obverse features the crowned bust of King George V facing to the left and the
legend, GEORGIVS V D.G. BRITT : OMN : REX F.
D. IND : IMP ('George V, by the grace of god, Ruler and King of Britain, Defender of the Faith, Emperor of India').
Like most George V series, this a very popular series to collect. In lower grade, all dates can be acquired at reasonable
expense, though the 1933 tends to start at around $100. Type set collectors seeking mint state
pieces would do well aiming for the 1916-M, 1925, 1934, 1935, and 1936 for good strikes at good value.This series was struck
at the London, Heaton, Sydney, and Melbourne mints. From 1911 to 1915 the London mint struck shillings, though in 1915 the
Heaton mint assisted with examples displaying the 'H'
beneath the date. From 1916 to 1920 the Melbourne mint struck shillings bearing the
'M' under the date, and in 1921 the Sydney mint struck the shillings bearing a star above the date. From 1924 to 1926
the Melbourne mint in conjunction with the Sydney mint struck shillings, and the rest of the series was struck solely by
the Melbourne mint.A mint roll was found of the 1925/3 overdate and one of the 1936, though finding
mint state examples today of either date can still be quite a challenge.
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