Australia 1918-M 6 pence
This specimen was lot 70174 in Stack's Bowers Collector's Choice sale (Santa Ana, CA, May 2018), where it did not sell. The catalog description noted, "AUSTRALIA. 6 Pence, 1918-M. NGC EF-45. A decent, problem free example of this key date. Toned." This type was struck 1911-36 at London, Sydney, Melbourne (shown here) and Perth. Most of the dates are common but expensive in nice condition. However, this is the key date. Australia maintained the sterling silver standard until 1945, years after Great Britain had debased her coins to .500 fine.
Recorded mintage: 915,000 plus a few proofs.
Specification: 2.82 g, .925 fine silver, 19.5 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: KM-25.
- 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, Kyle Ponterio and Chris Chatigny, The May 2018 Collector's Choice Sale, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2018.