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1953 Sixpence

The Blakemore design continued into this type, while after the coronation of Elizabeth II in late 1952, the
obverse design changed to the bust of Elizabeth II facing to the right with the
legend, 'ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA', ('Elizabeth II, by the grace of god, queen'), designed by Mary Gillick. This
legend was only used in 1953 and 1954, then was altered due to public outcry of the omission of 'FIDEI DEF' ('defender of the faith').

The 1953 is the scarcer of the two years and is quite difficult to source in
mint state. The 1954 is relatively easy to acquire with many
mint rolls being found.

Both issues were struck from the Melbourne mint and no
mintmarks were used.
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Reverse Designer
W. H. J. Blakemore
Obverse Designer
Mary Gillick
19 mm
Silver: 50%
Copper: 40%
Nickel: 5%
Zinc: 5%
Bullion Value
1953  Sixpence Reverse

1953  Sixpence Reverse


Grade Value AUD
AU50 $14
AU55 $75
AU58 $85
MS62 $120
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Currently Available

Australia Elizabeth II - 1953 Sixpence Current Bid: $626.00 (4 bids)
Estimate: $725 - $875
Bidders: 4
Lot 8841 PCGS MS65 18 days
NumisBid Auction #32
Pre-Decimal Coins
07-May-2014 7:30 PM AEST
Walter Eigner Pty Ltd
Location: Melbourne, VIC
Member Since: Jul-2013

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

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