The Australian Shilling

Australian Shilling Reverses

The Australian shilling was one of 7 denominations of pre-decimal coinage in Australia issued from 1910 to 1964. The Australian 1s was issued with 2 reverse designs. Originally with the Australian coat of arms 1910-1936 then with a ramshead design from 1938-1964. There were 4 monarchs during the times of these issues, Edward VII, George V, George VI and Elizabeth II.

Like all other pre-decimal Australian coinage the shilling was based on the silver standard. The 23.5mm, 5.65g coins were minted in sterling silver (92.5% silver, 7.5% copper) from 1910 till 1944. In 1946 the coins were debased to 50% silver, 40% copper, 5% nickel, and 5% zinc. The debasement resulted from Australia needing to pay off the huge debts incurred during World War 2. The shillings were minted in Melbourne, Perth, Sydney, San Francisco and Heaton, Birmingham. There were no commemorative issues of the shilling.

Keydate coins to look out for are the 1915, 1915H, the 1921* and the 1933. The shilling was not minted in 1919, 1923, 1929, 1930, 1932, 1937, 1945, 1947, 1949 or 1951.

The shilling is highly recognised by the ramshead depicted on the reverse from 1938-1964. This was designed by George Kruger Gray based on a prize merino ram at the Sydney agricultural show. The coat of arms depicted on older shillings was designed by W H J Blakemore. The slang term for a shilling coin in Australia was “deener” or more commonly a “bob”.

Read More about the Australian Shilling

The Edward VII Shilling
The George V Shillings
The George VI Shillings
The Elizabeth II Shillings

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Current Coin Values, Bullion Prices and Exchange Rates

AUD $14.34
Australian 1966 Round 50c
AUD $826.89
Gold Sovereign
AUD $1,035.16
Australian $200 Gold Coin
AUD $41.97
Silver Price (per Oz)
AUD $3,512.39
Gold Price (per Oz)
USD $0.6575
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These values are updated hourly using New York market prices. Coin values are purely the value of the gold or silver they contain and do not account for any numismatic value.
Prices Last Updated: 08:04 10 May 2024

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