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1938 Sixpence

Unlike other denominations, the sixpence kept the Blakemore reverse in 1938 but after the coronation of King George VI in 1937, the
obverse features the uncrowned bust of King George VI facing to the left and the
legend, 'GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP' ('George VI, by the grace of god, Ruler and King of Britain, Defender of the Faith, Emperor of India') and was used up until 1948 then changed because of the independence of India.

Date set collectors will have no problems completing the series with the
key dates, the 1939 and 1940 being readily available in lower grades though the 1940 is very difficult to acquire in
mint state. In upper grades, type set collectors would find best value in the 1938, 1942-D and 1943-D sixpence.

Sixpence in this series were struck at the Melbourne, Denver and San Francisco mints with the latter two mints identifiable by a 'D' or 'S'
mintmark respectively above the year.
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Reverse Designer
W. H. J. Blakemore
Obverse Designer
Thomas H. Paget
19 mm
Silver: 92.5%
Copper: 7.5%
Bullion Value
1938  Sixpence Reverse

1938  Sixpence Reverse


Grade Value AUD
XF40 $5
AU50 $5
AU55 $28
AU58 $34
MS62 $50
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Australia George VI - 1938 Sixpence Current Bid: $6.05 (2 bids)
Estimate: $50 - $60
Bidders: 2
Lot 8917 PCGS MS62 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
  • key date - A difficult date to acquire in any grade, hence being the key to a series
  • 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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