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Australia George V

1926  One Shilling reverse 1926  One Shilling obverse

1926 One Shilling

Reverse Designer:W. H. J. Blakemore Obverse Designer:Sir E. B. MacKennel Size:23.5mm Weight:5.66g Edge:Reeded Composition:92.5% Silver
7.5% Copper


Sales History


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' mintmark beneath the date. From 1916 to 1920 the Melbourne mint struck shillings bearing the mintmark '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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