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Australia Elizabeth II

1960 Proof Sixpence reverse 1960 Proof Sixpence obverse

1960 Proof Sixpence

Mintage:1,509
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 second type of the Elizabeth II Sixpence series was issued between 1955 and 1963. The obverse of this new type features a modified legend which reads - 'ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA F:D' ('Elizabeth II, by the Grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith'). The legend was modified to include 'F:D' ('Defender of the Faith') which had been removed from British coins following the death of King George VI. The removal had attracted substantial controversy with groups including 'The United Protestant's Association' and a number of Australian Bishops leading protests against the change.

Defender of the Faith 'F:D' inscription on the obverse of a 1962 Proof Sixpence. Defender of the Faith 'F:D' inscription on the obverse of a 1962 Proof Sixpence.

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