Australia 1940 shilling
This specimen was lot 23644 in Heritage sale 3026 (Long Beach, October 2013), where it sold for $1,880. The catalog description noted, "George VI Shilling 1940, MS65 NGC, fully lustrous with just a few tiny surface marks, very scarce date in this certified grade." This type is listed for 1938-44, after which the fineness was lowered to .500. This product of the Melbourne mint is the key date. Some of the World War Two issues were struck at the San Francisco mint. Australia converted to the dollar in 1966.
Recorded mintage: 760,000.
Specification: 5.65 g, .925 fine silver.
Catalog reference: KM 39.
- McDonald, Greg, The Pocket Guide to Australian Coins and Banknotes, 23rd ed., Lavington, Australia, 2017.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
- 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.