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1916 Australia One Shilling - King George V
This really is a stunning silver coin at almost 100 years old. It is in amazingly good condition with good pearls and very little facial marking.
It is not so often that they come along like this one so it would greatly enhance any collection.
Given that this was the middle year from the First World War the coin was lucky to have survived in such good shape.
Purchased from an estate in the U.K. it will possibly find its way home again to Australia now.
From 1914 to 1918 Britain was at war with Germany. The German Kaiser WilhelmII, who for the British public came to symbolise all the horrors of the war, was the King's first cousin. Queen Mary, although British like her mother, was the daughter of the Duke of Teck, a descendant of the German Dukes of Württemberg. The King's paternal grandfather was Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha; the King and his children bore the titles Prince and Princess of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and Duke and Duchess of Saxony. The King had brothers-in-law and cousins who were British subjects but who bore German titles such as Duke and Duchess of Teck, Prince and Princess of Battenberg, Prince and Princess of Hesse, and Prince and Princess of Schleswig-Holstein. When H. G. Wells wrote about Britain's "alien and uninspiring court", George famously replied: "I may be uninspiring, but I'll be damned if I'm alien." On 17 July 1917, George appeased British nationalist feelings by issuing an Order-in-Council that changed the name of the British Royal House from the German-sounding House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha to the House of Windsor. He specifically adopted Windsor as the surname for all descendants of Queen Victoria then living in the United Kingdom, excluding women who married into other families and their descendants
*All biographical details taken from Wikipedia for educational purposes only
1911-1963 All one shilling coins in this period were as follows.
Edge – Milled
Composition:92.5 silver, 7,5% copper
Obverse:Has a portrait of King George V by Sir E.B. Mackennel
Reverse:From 1910 to 1963 the Australian coat of arms.by W.H.J. Blakemore was on the reverse.
There were in total 6 varites of One Shilling coins minted between 1911 and 1966 when decimalisation occured.
Mints: M – Melbourne S - Sydney P - Perth L - London B - Birmingham S - San Francisco
Mint Marks: M – Melbourne