King George V 1917 6-Coin Set Very Good-Fine
- Official Australian coinage of the reign of King George V
- Designed by Australian artist Bertram Mackennal, the portrait of George V adorns each coin
- All reverse designs were created by WHJ Blakemore
- The coins grade from Very Good to Fine – mints and types of our choice
- Each set is beautifully presented within an illustrated pack, featuring extensive information on George V, the coins, and the era
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An authentic keepsake of the early days of the Australian nation, the King George V 1911-36 Year Sets also form a great way to celebrate a birthday, anniversary or other special milestone.
Crowned just a decade after Australia achieved unity via Federation, the reign of George V oversaw the young nation’s formative years. By the time he died in 1936, having just celebrated a silver jubilee, Australia had experienced the catastrophe of the First World War, the boom of the Roaring 20s and the disaster of the Great Depression.
The reign of George V was also a crucial period for numismatics. The first Australian copper coins – the halfpenny and penny – were issued in the year of his coronation, whilst the first silver and copper coins struck on Australian shores were issued in 1916 and 1919 respectively. His reign also encompassed some of the nation’s highest profile rarities, including the 1930 Penny and 1923 Halfpenny.
Designed by WHJ Blakemore, the reverse of George V halfpennies and pennies are distinguished by two scrolls above and below the denomination, surrounded by beading within a double circle. The silver coins of George V, which were also designed by Blakemore, bear the Commonwealth of Australia’s original Coat of Arms, authorised by King Edward VII in 1908.
The threepence, sixpence, shilling and florin coins were struck from 92.5% silver and 7.5% copper. The halfpenny and penny comprised 97% copper, 2.5% zinc and 0.5% tin.
|Country of Issue||Australia|
|Year of Issue||1917|
|Grade||Good to Very Good|