In 1910, Australia issued coinage in its own right as legal tender for the entire country. The first coin issue comprised the florin, shilling, sixpence and threepence; the penny and halfpenny were released the following year. The coins were produced by the Royal Mint in London. King Edward VII featured on the obverse of all denominations, the 1908 Australian coat of arms on the reverse. The King Edward portrait was engraved by George William de Saulles. Edward died soon after the first shippment of coins reached Australia, and his image was replaced by that of his successor, George V, on the 1911 coins.
Stamp design: Disegno
Stamp photographs: Rob Little
Cover design: Jo Mure, Australia Post Design Studio
Cover photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images
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