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Blue Sheet > Australia > Commonwealth Coinage > Shilling > Elizabeth II > Type II
Type IIShillings ReverseShillings Obverse
Reverse DesignerGeorge Kruger GrayObverse DesignerMary GillickWeight5.66 gramsSize23.5 mmThe ram design continued into this type right until the introduction of decimal currency with the conclusion of the shilling series in 1963. This type features a slightly reworded The heads side of the coinobverseobverse The inscription around the inner edge of the coinlegendlegend, 'ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA F:D', ('Elizabeth II, by the grace of god, queen, defender of the faith'), after public outcry that the previous type omitted 'FIDEI DEF' ('defender of the faith').
Several A common means of distributing coins where a mint stores coins in paper rolls before distributing them to banksmint rollsmint roll have appeared from all dates in the 1960s a few 1959 rolls a substantial hoard of 1957 shillings has turned up (Pacific Rim Coins, 2002)WebsiteElizabeth II Silver Coinage 1953 - 1964Pacific Rim Coins2/13/2002http://www.pacificrimcoins.com.au/articles.php?id=11/28/2010 11:00:00 PM. All other dates are quite scarce especially if sought in the upper A state of a coin that shows no signs of circulationmint statemint state grades though the 1955 and 1956 usually have a price to match. The 1958 is another elusive date, however when it does turn up it tends to average much higher than the earlier years.
All dates in the series were struck at the Melbourne mint and do not display any A marking, usually a letter or dot that signifies which mint struck a particular coinmintmarksmintmark.
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