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Australia Elizabeth II

1956 Proof Sixpence reverse 1956 Proof Sixpence obverse

1956 Proof Sixpence

Mint:Melbourne Monarch:Elizabeth II 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


Sales History


The 1956 proof sixpence, unlike the 1955 is the more common of the two special strike types with a mintage of a 1000 leaving 506 for the specimen strike. The coin is distinguishable by a mirror finish overpowering a cartwheel finish while the specimen strike has a shallow finish with stronger cartwheel characteristics. Strike depth is also different with the proof strike having fully formed details and the specimen strike having a slightly weak star and hairlines of Queen.

1956 Proof Sixpence 1956 Proof Sixpence

Obverse of the 1956 proof sixpence Obverse of the 1956 proof sixpence

1956 specimen sixpence 1956 specimen sixpence

Obverse of the 1956 specimen sixpence Obverse of the 1956 specimen sixpence

The 1956 proofs have survived well with many high grade examples at PR66 and beyond. Considering their affordability and availability, collectors should aim for at least PR66 though prices go up exponentially beyond this.

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