Australian Shillings

1910 Australian Silver Shilling

Sterling Silver

On March 1 1910 the first shipment of Australia's own coins arrived on the docks in Sydney, these were the 1910 shilling. Each member of Parliament was officially presented a shilling along with an accompanying letter/certificate.[1]
Later shipments of the threepence, sixpence and florins arrived in October after Edward's death on May 6 1910 so many of these coins were kept as souvenirs and can quite often be found in higher grades.
The local mints in Sydney and Melbourne had been employed in the striking of gold sovereigns and half-sovereigns but were not prepared to cope with the new currency and for the first few years Australian coins were ordered from the Royal Mint in London.


Mintage
2,536,000

Blackmore's depiction of the Australian Coat of Arms which was granted by Edward VII in May 1908, used a shield which closely resembles the New South Wales Coat of Arms.
Grading the Edward VII portrait can be quite difficult as even well struck examples appear to be quite flat.
1: Information supplied by TheSandpit


Specifications

Composition: .925 silver
Silver Content: 0.1680 oz
Edge: Reeded
Weight: 5.65 grams
Size: 23.5 mm
Obverse: George William De Saulles
Reverse: W.H.J. Blakemore

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