6 Pence - Edward VII

6 Pence - Edward VII -  obverse6 Pence - Edward VII -  reverse

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Features

Country Australia
King Edward VII (1901-1910)
Type Standard circulation coin
Year 1910
Value 6 Pence (1/40)
Currency Pound (1910-1966)
Composition Silver (.925)
Weight 2.83 g
Diameter 19 mm
Thickness 1.29 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
References KM# 19
  • Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248979.
  • Thomas Michael (editor), Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2016. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700 (7th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248573.
  • Thomas Michael (editor); 2016. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800 (7th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440247064.
  • Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900 (9th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248955.
  • Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000 (47th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248962.

Obverse

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

Engraver: George William de Saulles

George William de Saulles was a British medallist. He authored and designed the obverse of coins from the United Kingdom and its colonies under Queen Victoria and Edward VII of the United Kingdom

Reverse

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

Lettering:
SIXPENCE
ADVANCE AUSTRALIA
1910

Engraver: W.H.J. Blakemore

Edge

Milled

Mint

Royal Mint, London, United Kingdom

Comments

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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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1910  3,046,000 4.59 7.24 15.70 8.45 10.41 56.54 98% Circulation
1910  1.7% Proof

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