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Australia – 1 Shilling – George VI – 1944

The Merino is an important breed of sheep. They were introduced to Australia in the 18th century, and after several decades, their wool became a mainstay of the Australian economy. When the British coin designer Thomas Hugh Paget created designs for a new series of Australian coins (first issued in 1938) he chose a Merino ram to put on the reverse of the shilling. This coin in particular was minted in San Francisco instead of Canberra, in order to alleviate a shortage of silver coins in Australia caused by WWII.