Australia 1958 6 pence
This billon sixpence piece was issued from the Melbourne mint for Australia in 1963, one of a type struck 1955-63. An earlier type, struck 1953-54, featured a slightly different obverse legend, "ELIZABETH.II.DEI.GRATIA.REGINA." Sterling coinage ceased after 1964 and in 1966, the Australian dollar was introduced.
Sterling coinage was struck for several countries besides Great Britain, including Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Southern Rhodesia, Fiji and New Guinea. All converted to decimal coinage in the 1960's. Australia issued sterling silver sixpence pieces 1910-45 and billon pieces 1946-64.
Recorded mintage: 17,944,000.
Specification: 2.82 g, .500 fine silver, .045 troy oz ASW, 19.5 mm diameter, plain edge, designed by Mary Gillick and George Kruger-Gray.
Catalog reference: KM 58.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.