Mintage:329 Reverse Designer:W. H. J. BlakemoreObverse Designer:Mary GillickSize:19mmWeight:2.83gEdge:ReededComposition:50% Silver 40% Copper 5% Nickel 5% Zinc
The 1955 proof sixpence is the first sixpence of the commercial
series from the Melbourne mint. It's a scarce coin with a mintage of just 329 though an additional 880
strikes were produced which are today collected as
coins can be identified by a medium mirror finish on both faces overpowering the cartwheel lustre while the
issues have even
with minimal direct reflectivity.
Mirror finish of a proof strike
Obverse of a proof strike
Light cartwheel finish of a specimen strike
Obverse of a specimen strike
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
but the cartwheel reflectivity of the
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