The 1917 Shilling was the second of its series to be produced at the Melbourne
In late 1915 it was decided that the production of Australia's coinage would be shifted from Britain to Australia. New dies from the Australian Shilling, Florin, Sixpence, and Threepence were produced in London for use at Melbourne Mint with a small 'M' mint-mark. Arrangements were also made for Australia's bronze coinage to be struck at the Royal Mint in Calcutta. The first Australian Shilling was struck at the Melbourne Mint on the 11th of January 1916 by the State Governor Sir Arthur Stanley. This marked a major turning point with most years following, including the 1917, featuring large mintage's and reduced overall scarcity.