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1951-PL Sixpence

In 1951 the Royal
mint London produced 40 million sixpence for Australia distinguished from the 1951 Melbourne
mint sixpence (1951 Sixpence) by the
mintmark PL, abbreviated from pecunia londīniī (money of London) or percussa londīniō (struck at London).

PL mintmark of the 1951 London sixpence

The 1951-PL sixpence by far the most common sixpence of the Type II George VI series due to the large initial
mintage and while the coin is always very well struck up, the surfaces are often
bagged due to the rough shipping process from London to Australia. Consequently grades above MS64 can be quite scarce even though the coin is often given a Gem or FDC grading in Australia, microscopic hairlines typically result in a grading of around MS63 to MS64.

Due to the coin being well struck up and the general unfamiliarity many collectors have with grading George VI Commonwealth coins, one must be extra careful in differentiating a dipped circulated piece with a
mint state coin.
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Reverse Designer
W. H. J. Blakemore
Obverse Designer
Thomas H. Paget
19 mm
Silver: 50%
Copper: 40%
Nickel: 5%
Zinc: 5%
Bullion Value
1951-PL  Sixpence Reverse

1951-PL  Sixpence Reverse


Grade Value AUD
XF40 $1
AU50 $2
AU55 $3
AU58 $12
MS62 $24
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Australia George VI - 1951-PL Sixpence Current Bid: $17.00 (5 bids)
Estimate: $16 - $18
Bidders: 2
Lot 5104 Uncertified Uncirculated 20 days
NumisBid Auction #32
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09-May-2014 7:00 PM AEST
Walter Eigner Pty Ltd
Location: Melbourne, VIC
Member Since: Jul-2013
Australia George VI - 1951-PL Sixpence Current Bid: $1.00 (1 bid)
Estimate: $14 - $18
Bidders: 1
Lot 9017 Uncertified Uncirculated 41 days
NumisBid Auction #33
Other Australian Coins
30-May-2014 7:00 PM AEST
Walter Eigner Pty Ltd
Location: Melbourne, VIC
Member Since: Jul-2013

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  • mint - a facility that produces coins
  • mintmark - A marking, usually a letter or dot that signifies which mint struck a particular coin
  • mintage - The number of coins struck of a particular designation
  • bagmarks - Surface marks caused by impact from other coins during the handling process before the coin enters circulation
  • mint state - A state of a coin that shows no signs of circulation

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