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Australian Silver Sixpence Coins

The Australian silver sixpence coins were minted in 1910 through 1963 when silver was removed from their circulating coins.  From 1910 to 1945 these silver coins were sterling silver, 92.5% silver with 7.5% copper and contain 0.0839 troy ounce of silver.  Those from 1946 through 1963 were 50% silver, 40% copper, 5% nickel, with 5% … Continue reading »

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Australian Silver Shillings

Australian Silver Shillings has two different silver contents.  The shillings struck from 1910 through 1944 are sterling silver or 92.5% silver with 7.5% copper and contain a total of 0.1680 troy ounces of silver.  Then the silver shillings minted in 1946 through 1963 are 50% silver with an alloy of 40% copper, 5% nickel and … Continue reading »

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Australian Silver Crown

The Australian Silver Crown was minted in 1937 and 1938.  These five shilling coins are 38.5 millimeters in diameter, weigh 28.28 grams, and are made up of 92.5% silver with 7.5% copper.  They have a total silver content of 0.8410 troy ounces silver and have a reeded edge. Thomas Humphrey Paget designed the obverse which … Continue reading »

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Australian Silver Florin

The Australian Silver Florin was first minted in 1910 concurrent with Great Britain’s florin.  Its weight and size is also the same. These florins are 28.5 millimeters in diameter, are 11.31 grams of sterling silver (92.5% silver and 7.5% copper) and contain 0.3363 troy ounces of silver.  Since Australia did not have the minting capacity … Continue reading »

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Swiss Silver Francs

Coin Weight (g) Composition Silver Melt Value Full Melt Value Swiss Half Franc (1875-1967) 2.5 83.5% silver, 16.5% copper Coin Weight (g) Composition Silver Melt Value Full Melt Value Swiss Franc (1875-1967) 5.0 83.5% silver, 16.5% copper Coin Weight (g) Composition Silver Melt Value Full Melt Value Swiss TwoFranc (1875-1967) 10.0 83.5% silver, 16.5% copper … Continue reading »

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Introducing the Silver Thaler

Silver Thaler Coins were first minted in Bohemia during the early 1500’s in Joachimsthaler where a large silver deposit was found and mining began. Joachim, the father of the Virgin Mary, is portrayed on these first Thaler. The name “Thaler” comes from the Czech “Thal” (Tal) which means “dale” or “valley” and refers to those … Continue reading »

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Milled Bust Spanish Colonial Silver Reales

The Fifth style is the “Milled Bust” has the monarch on the obverse and the two pillars are on the reverse on either side of the Spanish coat of arms.  These were struck from 1771 to 1825 from the mints at Mexico City (1771-1821), Lima (1772-1824), Bogota (1772-1820 all of which are rare), Potosi (1773-1825), … Continue reading »

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Milled Pillar Spanish Colonial Silver Reales

Milled coins started replacing the cob coins with the fourth design, “Milled Pillar”, which were struck from 1732 to 1772.  This is a variation of the “Pillar with Waves” design and between the two pillars are two globes of the New and Old Worlds and a large crown over both.  These were minted in Mexico … Continue reading »

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“Shield” Spanish Colonial Silver Reales

King Philip II had been given the thrown of Spain by his Father Charles V Empire of the Holy Roman Empire in 1556 and during 1572 he had the silver coins being minted in the Spanish colonies in the Americas redesigned.  The second type is called a “Shield” real and was minted from 1572 to … Continue reading »

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“Pillars and Waves” Spanish Colonial Silver Reales

The “Pillars and Waves” Spanish Colonial Silver Reales were the last design to be hammer struck.  “Pillars with Waves” were minted from 1651 to 1773 and their obverse design is very similar to the “Pillars” however the ocean is replaced with pronounced waves.  There are also parallel lines above and below the motto allowing the … Continue reading »

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