Mintage:800,000 Reverse Designer:W. H. J. BlakemoreObverse Designer:Sir E. B. MacKennelSize:24mmWeight:5.66gEdge:ReededComposition:92.5% Silver 7.5% Copper
In 1915 the Australian Commonwealth Shilling was produced at both the Royal Mint in London and
the private Mint of Heaton & Sons in Birmingham. It was necessary to employ Heaton & Sons as the
Royal Mint was temporarily refocused on the production of military materials for the war effort.
The Royal Mint produced a total of 800,000 pieces and the private
mint produced 500,000. The Shillings produced at the latter were struck with a small 'H' mint-mark on the reverse below the date (see image below).
Heaton & Sons 'H' mint-mark on the reverse of a 1915-H Proof Shilling.
of the 1915 variety has made it scarce and quite valuable across all grades. Population reports by PCGS show less than
a dozen mint-state examples with the highest graded being MS65. Collectors seeking a mint-state example must be willing to
spend substantial funds.
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