|King||Edward VII (1901-1910)|
|Type||Standard circulation coin|
|Value||6 Pence (1/40)|
|Orientation||Medal alignment ↑↑|
Crowned and robed bust of Edward VII facing right; around, EDWARDVS VII D:G: BRITT: OMN: REX F: D: IND: IMP: ; below bust in small lettering the artist's initials DES
Lettering: EDWARDVS VII D:G:BRITT:OMN:REX F:D:IND:IMP: ·
Translation: Edward VII by the Grace of God, King of all the British territories, Defender of the Faith, Emperor of India
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, 1910
Engraver: W.H.J. Blakemore
Prior to the Federation of the various Australian Colonies in 1910, the British Sterling Currency (amongst others including the "Spanish Pillar Dollar" or 8 Reals and even Rum at one point) served as circulating currency in the colonies but following Federation in 1901, permission from the Crown was granted for Australia to strike its own, unique coinage & later in 1913, its own banknotes.
Due to the death of Edward VII, the 1910 issues became a "One Year Only Type" and is highly sought after by collectors due to that fact as well as it being the inaugural issue of Australian Sterling Coinage.
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