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Australia Elizabeth II

1953  One Shilling reverse 1953  One Shilling obverse

1953 One Shilling

Reverse Designer:George Kruger Gray Obverse Designer:Mary Gillick Size:24mm Weight:5.66g Edge:Reeded Composition:50% Silver
40% Copper
5% Nickel
5% Zinc


Sales History


The reverse ram design continued into this type, while after the coronation of Elizabeth II in late 1952, the obverse design changed to the bust of Elizabeth II facing to the right with the legend, ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA ('Elizabeth II, by the grace of god, queen'), designed by Mary Gillick. This legend was only used in 1953 and 1954, and was then altered due to public outcry over the omission of FIDEI DEF ('defender of the faith').Both years are relatively easy to acquire in mint state with some mint rolls found of 1954, though are almost always toned due to the paper used in rolling; however, obtaining either date above MS65 can be very difficult. Both issues were struck from the Melbourne Mint and no mint marks were used.

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