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6 Pence - Elizabeth II 1st portrait

Features

Country New Zealand
Queen Elizabeth II (1952-date)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1953-1965
Value 6 Pence = 1/2 Shilling (1/40 NZP)
Currency Pound (1840-1967)
Composition Copper-nickel
Weight 2.83 g
Diameter 19.3 mm
Thickness 1.35 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized 10-31-2006
References KM# 26
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)

Obverse

Young laureate bust of HM Queen Elizabeth II right, legend around.

Note: varieties with or without shoulder strap (see below).

Lettering:
+ QUEEN·ELIZABETH·THE·SECOND
M·G·

Engraver: Mary Gillick

Mary Gillick was a sculptor best known for her effigy of Elizabeth II used on coinage in the United Kingdom and elsewhere from 1953 to 1970.

Reverse

A Huia bird (Heteralocha acutirostris) perched on a branch
Is an extinct wattle-bird & was found only in North Island of New Zealand.

Lettering:
NEW·ZEALAND
K·G
SIXPENCE 1965

Engraver: George Kruger Gray

George Kruger Gray was an English artist, best remembered for his designs of coinage and stained glass windows.

Edge

Reeded

Comments

Obverse die varieties:

KM#26.1 (1953-57) Bust without shoulder strap;
KM#26.2 (1956-65) Bust with shoulder strap;

1957 KM#26.1 no shoulder strap:
 

1965 KM#26.2 with shoulder strap, broken wing:
Broken Wing variety left, normal coin on right

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1953  1,200,000 0.82 1.72 11% KM# 26.1
1953  0.7% KM# 26.1; Matte Proof
1953  7,000 0.7% KM# 26.1; Proof
1954  1,200,000 0.88 1.15 10% KM# 26.1
1954  0.5% KM# 26.1; Proof
1955  1,600,000 2.40 11% KM# 26.1
1955  0.5% KM# 26.1; Proof
1956  2,000,000 13% KM# 26.2
1956  0.5% KM# 26.2; Proof
1957  2,400,000 0.67 10% KM# 26.1
1957  0.3% KM# 26.1; Proof
1957  6% KM# 26.2
1957  0.6% KM# 26.2; Proof
1958  3,000,000 1.04 2.17 14% KM# 26.2
1958  0.6% KM# 26.2; Proof
1959  2,000,000 0.72 11% KM# 26.2
1959  0.5% KM# 26.2; Proof
1960  1,600,000 1.06 10% KM# 26.2
1960  0.5% KM# 26.2; Proof
1961  800,000 8% KM# 26.2
1961  0.3% KM# 26.2; Proof
1962  1,200,000 0.40 1.26 10% KM# 26.2
1962  0.4% KM# 26.2; Proof
1963  800,000 1.90 11% KM# 26.2
1963  0.4% KM# 26.2; Proof
1964  3,800,000 0.50 1.08 1.63 34% KM# 26.2
1964  0.5% KM# 26.2; Proof
1965  8,600,000 0.77 0.77 0.81 1.09 35% KM# 26.2
1965  1.6% KM# 26.2; broken wing
1965  10 0.4% KM# 26.2; Proof
1965  25,000 3% KM# 26.2; Prooflike

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