1938 Sixpence Reverse1938 Sixpence ObverseMintage2,864,000Reverse DesignerW. H. J. BlakemoreObverse DesignerThomas H. PagetWeight2.83 gramsSize19 mmCountryAustraliaDateMM1938DenominationSixpenceVarietyGeorge VIPrefixMSWeight2.82750001589Size19EdgeReededFace CurrencyAUDFace Value0.05Mintage2864000CompositionSilver92.5%0.9250000119Copper7.5%0.075000003Silver0.9250000119Copper0.075000003Bullion Value$2Unlike other denominations, the sixpence kept the Blakemore reverse in 1938 but after the coronation of King George VI in 1937, the The heads side of the coinobverseobverse features the uncrowned bust of King George VI facing to the left and the The inscription around the inner edge of the coinlegendlegend, '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 A difficult date to acquire in any grade, hence being the key to a serieskey dateskey date, the 1939 and 1940 being readily available in lower grades though the 1940 is very difficult to acquire in A state of a coin that shows no signs of circulationmint statemint 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' A marking, usually a letter or dot that signifies which mint struck a particular coinmintmarkmintmark respectively above the year.