Australia 1939 6 pence

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from heritage sale 3049, lot 30371
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This specimen was lot 30371 in Heritage sale 3049 (Long Beach, September 2016), where it sold for $1,292.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "George VI 6 Pence 1939-(M) MS65 PCGS, Melbourne mint. The undisputed key date from this ephemeral series, featuring blast-white surfaces that are sheathed in a satin-like finish and design imagery that is fully-bold and intricately styled. Essentially pristine and somewhat choice for the assigned grade." This type was struck for Australia 1938-45. The 1943-D is the most common date but the 1939 is expensive in high grade. The sixpence was reduced to .500 fine for 1946-63. In 1966, Australia converted to the dollar and silver was no longer coined for circulation.

Recorded mintage: 1,600,000.

Specification: 2.82 g, .925 fine silver, 19.4 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM 38.


  • 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]Cristiano Bierrenbach, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World Coin Auction 3049, featuring the Ohio Valley Collection, the Redwood Collection and the F.P. Briand Collection, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2016.

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