Summary

Australia
Sixpence 1963
Mint: Melbourne

The Melbourne mint retained the last four sixpences they struck. This coin was the last sixpence struck. The first sixpences were struck at Melbourne in 1916.

Physical Description

A silver coin (19 mm diameter with milled edge) featuring a laureate head of Elizabeth II facing right; around, + ELIZABETH . II . DEI . GRATIA . REGINA . F: D:. The artist's initials M.G. incuse on the bust truncation above the G of GRATIA. The reverse features the Ensigns Armorial of the Commonwealth of Australia, as authorised by Royal Warrent 7th May 1908 - composed of a simple shield enclosing a cross of Saint George on which are five six-pointed stars, around the outside of which are six small escutcheons, i.e., small shields. The shield is supported by a kangaroo and an emu standing on a grassy mound. Above the shield a crest, the seven-pointed star of Federation on a wreath. Below on a ribbon the motto ADVANCE AUSTRALIA is inscribed. Around above, SIXPENCE and below, between arrow heads, the date, 1963.

Obverse Description

Head of Elizabeth II, laureate right; around, + ELIZABETH . II . DEI . GRATIA . REGINA . F: D: The artist's initials M.G. incuse on the bust truncation above the G of GRATIA.

Reverse Description

Ensigns Armorial of the Commonwealth of Australia, as authorised by Royal Warrent 7th May 1908 - composed of a simple shield enclosing a cross of Saint George on which are five six-pointed stars, around the outside of which are six small escutcheons, i.e., small shields. The shield is supported by a kangaroo and an emu standing on a grassy mound. Above the shield a crest, the seven-pointed star of Federation on a wreath. Below on a ribbon the motto ADVANCE AUSTRALIA is inscribed. Around above, SIXPENCE and below, between arrow heads, the date, 1963.

Edge Description

Milled

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