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George VI

Crowns ReverseCrowns Obverse Reverse DesignerGeorge Kruger GrayObverse DesignerThomas H. PagetWeight28.28 gramsSize38.5 mm
The Crown was originally intended to commemorate the ascension of King Edward VIII however due to Edward VIII's abdication, it was instead struck to commemorate the ascension of King George VI (Cruzi's Coins, 2009). This commemorative appeal was lost in 1938 when the series continued though the lack of popularity made the series terminate after just 101,600 coins in 1938.

The Crown or five shillings features a crown on the The tails side of the coinreverse with COMMONWEALTH : OF : AUSTRALIA at the top half of the The inscription around the inner edge of the coinlegends and ONE CROWN at the bottom with the date just above that. The The heads side of the coinobverse features the uncrowned bust of George VI with the The inscription around the inner edge of the coinlegends, GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP (George VI by the grace of god, ruler and king, defender of the faith, emperor of India).

Both dates are notorious for large Surface marks caused by impact from other coins during the handling process before the coin enters circulationbagmarks due to the large size and weight of the coin and the the distribution process via ship and rail (Coin Web, 2007) though the 1938 is by far harder to obtain in higher A state of a coin that shows no signs of circulationmint state grades mostly due to its low The number of coins struck of a particular designationmintage.

Collector A coin struck from specially prepared dies to strike a superior quality coin not intended for circulationproofs were issued at the The price a collector coin is sold to the public at the time of issueissue price of 6/- (Sharples, J, 1990) in both years with a sell out The number of coins struck of a particular designationmintage of 100 in 1937 (Verheyen, T, V, 2009) plus 5 A proof or specimen strike intended to represent a circulation piece produced for mint recordsproof of record pieces but in 1938 only 52 out of the The number of coins struck of a particular designationmintage of 100 were sold (Sharples, J, 1990).
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