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1955 Proof Sixpence reverse 1955 Proof Sixpence obverse

1955 Proof Sixpence

Mintage:329
Reverse Designer:W. H. J. Blakemore Obverse Designer:Mary Gillick Size:19mm Weight:2.83g Edge:Reeded Composition:50% Silver
40% Copper
5% Nickel
5% Zinc

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The 1955 proof sixpence is the first sixpence of the commercial proof series from the Melbourne mint. It's a scarce coin with a mintage of just 329 though an additional 880 specimen strikes were produced which are today collected as proofs. The proof coins can be identified by a medium mirror finish on both faces overpowering the cartwheel lustre while the specimen issues have even cartwheel lustre with minimal direct reflectivity.

Mirror finish of a proof strike Mirror finish of a proof strike

Obverse of a proof strike Obverse of a proof strike

Light cartwheel finish of a specimen strike Light cartwheel finish of a specimen strike

Obverse of a specimen strike Obverse of a specimen strike

The proof strikes are also struck deeper with noticeable differences on the Queen's hair and the tip of the star. The production of both proof and specimen strikes ceased at the end of 1956 with later years featuring a finish with the strike depth of the proof but the cartwheel reflectivity of the specimen strikes.

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