Mintage:5,274,000 Reverse Designer:W. H. J. BlakemoreObverse Designer:Sir E. B. MacKennelSize:24mmWeight:5.66gEdge:ReededComposition:92.5% Silver 7.5% Copper
The 1917 Shilling was the second of its series to be produced at the Melbourne
Mint in Australia. The total
for the year was 5,274,000 - the largest
of the series so far. As a result of this large
the piece is generally easy and affordable to obtain in most grades. Population reports by PCGS show that there are a
large number of mint-state examples ranging from MS61 to MS66. Collectors seeking a high mint-state example from this era
would be well serviced by the 1917-M or 1916-M.
Melbourne 'M' mint-mark on a 1917-M Shilling.
In late 1915 it was decided that the production of Australia's coinage would be shifted from Britain to Australia. New
dies from the Australian Shilling, Florin, Sixpence, and Threepence were produced in London for use at Melbourne Mint with
a small 'M' mint-mark. Arrangements were also made for Australia's bronze coinage to be struck at the Royal Mint in Calcutta.
The first Australian Shilling was struck at the Melbourne Mint on the 11th of January 1916 by the State Governor Sir Arthur
Stanley. This marked a major turning point with most years following, including the 1917, featuring large mintage's and reduced
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