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Offline <k>

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Re: Improving the specifications of the Australian coinage
« Reply #15 on: July 13, 2017, 03:28:48 PM »
Eagle-eyed former member translateltd has taken issue (via email) with this statement of mine:

"However, at the time of Australian decimalisation in 1966, the 5c was meant to replace the sixpence, and you can see that is has the same size, shape and weight, as well as being of the same metal alloy. "

translateltd tells me, "That was true in NZ (in 1967), but in Oz, the 6ds were silver right through until they were discontinued, so the 5c was a new alloy, as were the 10 and 20c coins."

So there. And malj1 never noticed.  :P

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Re: Improving the specifications of the Australian coinage
« Reply #16 on: July 13, 2017, 08:23:45 PM »
Wikipedia supports that:

"From 1910 to 1945 Australian sixpences were of sterling silver (0.925 fine) with 7.5% copper; from 1946 to 1963 they were reduced to 0.500 fine silver which is made from 50% silver, 40% copper, 5% nickel and 5% zinc."

The same applies for the other silver coins, as translateltd states.