Mintage:392,000 Reverse Designer:W. H. J. BlakemoreObverse Designer:George W. De SaulesSize:19mmWeight:2.83gEdge:ReededComposition:92.5% Silver 7.5% Copper
The 1935 Sixpence is a semi-key date in the George V series. It was struck at the Royal
Mint in London to the very small total
of 392,000. Despite the low
the type appears to be comparable in scarcity to many similar years. As with all George V sixpence acquiring the type
in mint-state will require the collector to set aside a substantial sum of money.
in 1935 and the lack of any issue between 1928 and 1934 can be explained by the Great Depression which was ravaging much
of the world. Although the absolute worst of the great depression (~1932) had passed, Australia was still experiencing unemployment
levels as high as 21% into the mid 1930s. These exceedingly high rates of unemployment coupled with decreased overall ability
to spend, naturally reduced the country's need for new coinage. It may also be hypothesised that the surprising number of
surviving 1935 Sixpence (relative to
figures) can be attributed to an unwillingness to spend and an increased tendency to hoard silver coins for a rainy day.
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