1958 Sixpence Reverse1958 Sixpence ObverseMintage17,944,000Reverse DesignerW. H. J. BlakemoreObverse DesignerMary GillickWeight2.83 gramsSize19 mmCountryAustraliaDateMM1958DenominationSixpenceVarietyElizabeth IIPrefixMSWeight2.82750001589Size19EdgeReededFace CurrencyAUDFace Value0.05Mintage1794400013481958 SixpenceCompositionSilver50.0%0.5Copper40.0%0.400000006Nickel5.0%0.0500000007Zinc5.0%0.0500000007Silver0.5Copper0.400000006Nickel0.0500000007Zinc0.0500000007Bullion Value$1The Blakemore design continued into this type right until the introduction of decimal currency with the conclusion of the sixpence series in 1963. This type features a slightly reworded The heads side of the coinobverseobverseThe 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').
All dates in the series are easy to acquire in A state of a coin that shows no signs of circulationmint statemint state though the 1956 is quite scarce and underrated. Most dates other than the 1956 and 1961 are relatively easy to acquire up to MS64 though start to get scarce beyond that.
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.