Australia 1921 6 pence

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Heritage sale 3026, lot 23627
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 23627 in Heritage sale 3026 (Long Beach, October 2013), where it sold for $440.63. The catalog description[1] noted, "George V Sixpence 1921, MS63 NGC, a choice mint state example with frosty white mint luster and strong crown band details. An attractive coin and decidedly scarce in this select grade." This type was struck 1911-36 at London, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. Sydney and Melbourne both struck this coin in 1921 but as their products are indistinguishable, the mintage figure below includes both issues. Most of the dates are common but expensive in nice condition. Australia maintained the sterling silver standard until 1945, years after Great Britain had debased her coins to .500 fine.

Recorded mintage: 3,795,000 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.
  • [1]Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and Scott Cordry, Heritage Signature Auction 3026, World & Ancient Coins, featuring the RLM Collection, Part Two, the Nogales Collection and the Goetz Medals Die Archive, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.

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