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1955 Shilling

The 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
legend, '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').

mint rolls 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). All other dates are quite scarce especially if sought in the upper
mint 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
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Reverse Designer
George Kruger Gray
Obverse Designer
Mary Gillick
23.5 mm
Silver: 50%
Copper: 40%
Nickel: 5%
Zinc: 5%
Bullion Value
1955  Shilling Reverse

1955  Shilling Reverse


Grade Value AUD
AU50 $4
AU55 $14
AU58 $36
MS62 $85
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  • obverse - The heads side of the coin
  • legend - The inscription around the inner edge of the coin
  • mint roll - A common means of distributing coins where a mint stores coins in paper rolls before distributing them to banks
  • mint state - A state of a coin that shows no signs of circulation
  • mintmark - A marking, usually a letter or dot that signifies which mint struck a particular coin

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