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Commonwealth Coinage

1909 - 64

Although Federation occurred in 1901, it wasn't until 1910 that Australia's first official coinage was struck. In 1910 the Royal mint London struck threepence, sixpence, shillings and florins with the copper penny and half penny coins struck in 1911. The first silver coins featured the Australian Coat of Arms on the reverse bearing Australia's iconic Kangaroo and Emu holding up a shield beneath the Federation Star with the wording Advance Australia on a scroll down below. The copper coins featured a partitioned inner circle with Commonwealth of Australia around the outside and the denomination in the middle.

These designs would later be updated with Kruger Gray designs in 1939 for the Half penny, 1938 for the other denominations except the sixpence which retained its original design. The half penny and penny feature a kangaroo, the threepence wheat stalks, the shilling a ram and the florin an updated Coat of Arms design. A crown was also struck in 1937 and 1938 featuring the British crown on the reverse.

Commonwealth coinage was the primary medium of exchange from 1910 to 1965 until the coinage was replaced with Australian decimal coinage.

The tails side of the coinCurrency in equivalent units of base 10

Half Penny1911 - 64One Penny1911 - 64Threepence1910 - 64Sixpence1910 - 63Shilling1910 - 63Florin1909 - 63Crown1937 - 38Square Trials1919 - 21
   MintageGeorge V1935 SpecimenSixpenceUnknownElizabeth II1955 SpecimenSixpence880Elizabeth II1956 SpecimenSixpence506Edward VII1910 SpecimenShilling28George V1911 SpecimenShillingUnknownGeorge V1916-M SpecimenShilling60George V1917-M SpecimenShillingUnknownGeorge V1918-M Pattern (0.500 Silver)Shilling2 KnownGeorge V1918-M SpecimenShillingUnknownGeorge V1919-M PatternShilling2 KnownGeorge V1920-M SpecimenShillingUnknownGeorge V1921-* SpecimenShillingUnknownGeorge V1922 SpecimenShillingUnknownGeorge V1933 SpecimenShillingUnknownGeorge V1935 SpecimenShillingUnknownGeorge VI1946-P SpecimenShilling6George V1920 SpecimenShillingUnknownElizabeth II1955 SpecimenShilling851Elizabeth II1956 SpecimenShilling507Australia1909 Uniface Reverse PatternFlorinUniqueEdward VII1910 SpecimenFlorin28George V1911 SpecimenFlorinUnknownGeorge V1914-H SpecimenFlorin7 KnownGeorge V1916-M SpecimenFlorin60George V1917-M SpecimenFlorinUnknownGeorge V1918-M SpecimenFlorinUnknownGeorge V1919-M SpecimenFlorin2 KnownGeorge V1922 SpecimenFlorinUnknownGeorge V1932 SpecimenFlorinUnknownGeorge V1933 SpecimenFlorinUnknownGeorge V1935 SpecimenFlorinUnknownGeorge VI1945 Pattern (.500 Silver)Florin1 knownGeorge VI1945 Pattern (.666 Silver)Florin3 knownGeorge VI1946 Pattern in Cupro-NickelFlorin4 KnownGeorge VI1951 SpecimenFlorinUnknownGeorge VI1952 SpecimenFlorinUnknownMelbourne Centenary1934-35 SpecimenFlorinUnknownMelbourne Centenary1934-35 TrialFlorinUniqueElizabeth II1956 SpecimenFlorin500Square Trial1920 Type 1Half PennyUnknownSquare Trial1920 Type 1aHalf PennyUnknownSquare Trial1921 Type 2Half PennyUnknownSquare Trial1919 Type 3PennyUnknownSquare Trial1919 Type 3aPennyUnknownSquare Trial1919 Type 4PennyUnknownSquare Trial1919 Type 4aPennyUnknownSquare Trial1919 Type 5aPennyUnknownSquare Trial1919 Type 6PennyUnknownSquare Trial1919 Type 6aPennyUnknownSquare Trial1920 Type 7PennyUnknownSquare Trial1920 Type 7aPennyUnknownSquare Trial1920 Type 8PennyUnknownSquare Trial1920 Type 9PennyUnknownSquare Trial1920 Type 10PennyUnknownSquare Trial1920 Type 13PennyUnknownSquare Trial1921 Type 11PennyUnknownSquare Trial1921 Type 11aPennyUnknownSquare Trial1921 Type 12PennyUnknownSquare Trial1919 Type 5PennyUnknown1234567Values are in AUD and are retail price estimations based on past sales of coins certified by PCGS or NGC and as such values only related to such graded coins. Uncertified coins or coins graded by other services would likely be worth significantly less. For wholesale pricing please refer to the Red Sheet. While all attempts to ensure accurate pricing, data entry errors can occur and as such no warranty is expressed or implied as to the accuracy of any information published on this website. It is important to verify all published sales to ensure the accuracy of the pricing when making any purchase decision. Any personal information provided to us is protected by the Privacy Act 1988.