Australia 1910 shilling
This specimen was lot 208 in Ponterio sale 182 (New York, January 2014), where it sold for $7,637.50. The catalog description noted, "AUSTRALIA. Shilling, 1910. Some mottled toning, with much remaining luster. A superb gem. PCGS MS-66 Secure Holder. From the Argo Collection." This type was struck 1910 only at London. This issue must have been saved as it is more available than subsequent dates prior to the late teens, especially in nice condition. The mints already open in Australia, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth, were not used to strike Australian coins until 1916. Australia maintained the sterling silver standard until 1945, years after Great Britain had debased her coins to .500 fine.
Recorded mintage: 2,536,000 plus a few proofs.
Specification: 5.65 g, .925 fine silver, .168 troy oz ASW, 23.5 mm diameter, designed by W. H. J. Blakemore.
Catalog reference: KM 20.
- 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.
- Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 182: The January 2014 NYINC Auction: World Coins, Irvine, CA: Stacks Bowers LLC.