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1955 Proof Sixpence

Elizabeth II

Australia

The 1955 proof sixpence is the first sixpence of the commercial proof series from the Melbourne mint. It's a scarce coin with a mintage of just 329 though an additional 880 specimen strikes were produced which are today collected as proofs. The proof coins can be identified by a medium mirror finish on both faces overpowering the cartwheel lustre while the specimen issues have even cartwheel lustre with minimal direct reflectivity.

Mirror finish of a proof strike

Obverse of a proof strike

Light cartwheel finish of a specimen strike

Obverse of a specimen strike

The proof strikes are also struck deeper with noticeable differences on the Queen's hair and the tip of the star. The production of both proof and specimen strikes ceased at the end of 1956 with later years featuring a finish with the strike depth of the proof but the cartwheel reflectivity of the specimen strikes.

A coin struck from specially prepared dies to strike a superior quality coin not intended for circulationA coin struck from an early circulation die state, not intended for circulationA coin struck from specially prepared dies to strike a superior quality coin not intended for circulationA type of lustre which rotates around as the coin is rotated at different angles in relation to a light source
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