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The sixpence series was first issued in 1910 at the beginning of Australian coinage. During its period of circulation four monarch were featured on the obverse - Edward VII (1910), George V (1911 - 1936), George VI (1938 - 1952), and Elizabeth II (1953 - 1963). Throughout these monarchs the reverse design remained W.H.J. Blackmore's interpretation of the Australian Coat of Arms. The sixpence series concluded in 1963 in anticipation for the introduction of decimal currency in Australia.

As the intermediate value piece within the denominations of the Australian Pound the Sixpence was heavily utilised. In a 1937 Newspaper article the material value of the Sixpence was well illustrated - "If you are a small boy you can buy that cricket ball you have always wanted, or that great big ice cream. If you are poor and cold six-pence will procure a hot cup of coffee and a meat pie."(Catholic Freeman's Journal, 1937) The overall usefulness of the sixpence gave it the shortest life-expectancy of any pre-decimal denomination. In 1936 a report by an officer of the Royal Mint emphasised that the Sixpence generally only lasted for 28 years before it is " thin and worn that it has to be withdrawn."(The Mercury, 1936)By comparison the Shilling was said to last for 41 years, the florin 45, and the three-pence 32.

The tails side of the coinCurrency in equivalent units of base 10The Mercury, 1936Catholic Freeman's Journal, 1937

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