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Type I

1953 - 55

The Kangaroo 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 continued until 1955, unlike other denominations where it concluded in 1954, but was altered due to public outcry of the omission of FIDEI DEF ('defender of the faith').

All three dates are available though difficult compared with the rest of the Elizabeth II series, especially if sought in higher mint state grades with all dates above MS63 being very scarce. The Perth mint struck all 3 years despite the absence of a mintmark on the 1955. The 1953 features a dot after the 'A' in AUSTRALIA and the 1954 features a dot after the 'Y' of PENNY .

The heads side of the coinThe inscription around the inner edge of the coinA marking, usually a letter or dot that signifies which mint struck a particular coin
 MintageAU50AU55AU58MS62MS63MS641953-A 23,967,3601717171835501954-Y 21,962,8801617173141621955 9,342,7201521244752100 MintagePR60RDPR61RDPR62RDPR63RDPR64RD1953-A Proof20     1954-Y Proof1511,00012,00013,00015,00016,0001955 Proof3011,6003,2006,4007,0007,800Values 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.