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Type I



The Kangaroo design continued into this type, while after the coronation of Elizabeth II in late 1952 the 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 was then altered due to public outcry over the omission of FIDEI DEF ('defender of the faith'). Both dates are relatively difficult to find in top grades, though the good strikes of the 1953 Melbourne do permit higher grades. The 1953-A is often found very poorly struck up from impaired dies and is, therefore, very difficult to find in upper mint state grades. The Melbourne and Perth mints both struck pennies in 1953 with the 1953 Perth featuring a dot after the 'A' in AUSTRALIA.

The inscription around the inner edge of the coin
 MintageVG8F12VF20XF40AU50AU55AU58MS62MS63MS64MS65MS661953 6,936,0000.440.6412.505.80122258991302002601953-A 6,202,8003.104.607.60151921223855160220770 MintagePR60PR61PR62PR63PR64PR651953 Proof12      1953-A Proof20      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.