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Type I

1953 - 54


The Kruger Gray reverse design continued into this type, while after the coronation of Elizabeth II in late 1952, the obverse design changed to the bust of Elizabeth II facing to the right with the legend ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA ('Elizabeth II, by the grace of god, queen'), designed by Mary Gillick. This legend was only used in 1953 and 1954, then was altered due to public outcry of the omission of FIDEI DEF ('defender of the faith'). Both years are easy to acquire with some mint rolls found of 1953 (Pacific Rim Coins, 2002), though they often have brown toning due to the paper used in rolling. The 1954 is much scarcer than most realise and is very difficult to source in mint state grades. Both issues were struck from the Melbourne Mint and no mintmarks were used.

Discolouration of the surface of a coin caused by environmental exposureA marking, usually a letter or dot that signifies which mint struck a particular coin(Pacific Rim Coins, 2002)
 MintageAU50AU55AU58MS62MS63MS64MS65MS661953 12,658,0003436373961868901,2001954 15,366,000213459731804801,2001,500 MintagePR60PR61PR62PR63PR64PR651953 Proof12      Values 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.