Australia 1960 shilling
The first specimen was lot 5307 in Goldberg sale 72 (Los Angeles, February 2013), where it sold for $236. The catalog description noted, "Australia. Shilling, 1960. Elizabeth II. NGC graded Proof 66." The regular issue is common but the proofs are not. The type was struck in large quantities 1955-63 and was the last shilling struck in Australia. An earlier type, struck 1953-54, featured a slightly different obverse legend, "ELIZABETH.II.DEI.GRATIA.REGINA." Sterling coinage ceased after 1964 and in 1966, the Australian dollar was introduced.
Recorded mintage: 14,512,000 plus 1,509 proofs.
Specification: 5.65 g, .500 fine silver, .090 troy oz ASW, 24 diameter, reeded edge, designed by Mary Gillick and George Kruger-Gray.
Catalog reference: KM 59.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
- McDonald, Greg, The Pocket Guide to Australian Coins and Banknotes, 23rd ed., Lavington, Australia, 2017.
- Ira and Larry Goldberg, Goldberg sale 72: The Pre-Long Beach Auction, Los Angeles, CA: Goldberg Coins & Collectibles, 2013.