Australian Shillings

1946 Perth Mint Australian Silver Shilling

.500 Silver

These are the only pre-decimal silver coins struck by the Perth Mint and can be identified by the . (dot) before SHILLING, thus are often called 1946 Dot Shillings.
There are some interesting facts surrounding this coin, the Perth Mint only made silver shillings with the date 1946 but these coins were struck in 1946, 1947 and 1949. A telegram was sent to the Perth Mint from the Melbourne Mint detailing exactly how many coins to make but for unexplained reasons the Perth Mint made a considerable amount more.

Since these were made using the new harder "Q-metal" alloy of 50% silver the mint encountered many problems with striking these coins and many coins were rejected.


Collectors should consider acquiring most of the King George VI series in Choice Uncirculated or better coins, these are still affordable with the greatest possible upside.
The George VI obverse is very difficult to grade, the rounded features, lower relief and the large variation to the degree in which this design is struck all add up to quite a challenge.
When looking at the Ram's head reverse the points to look at are:
  • The ram's forehead,
  • The nose,
  • The tip of the right horn,
  • The whole coin should be considered when grading including lustre, the fields, denticles and rim condition.
  • A weak strike shows in the lack of definition in the wool on the forehead and the first bulge under the chin, the forehead can even appear to be flat, there may also be a lack of definition in the horns.


Composition: .500 silver
.400 copper
.050 zinc
.050 nickel
Silver Content: 0.0908 oz
Edge: Reeded
Weight: 5.65 grams
Size: 23.5 mm
Obverse: Thomas H Paget
Reverse: George Kruger Gray