The sixpences cannot be distinguished so the proper designation is X26MS.2B signifying
sixpence, 1926, Melbourne and Sydney mints, obverse 2, reverse B and the total mintage
is about 3.7 million.
The 1926 sixpence occurs in two documented varieties distinguished by the shape
of the 2 in the date. One variety has a 2 with a thick base and no serif, the other
has a slightly thinner base with a pronounced serif. Both Dean1 and Skinner2
list the serif 2 as the primary variety and the sans-serif as the secondary variety
whereas Clarke4 has them the other way around. I examined 54 specimens
and found 46 sans-serif and 8 serif coins, suggesting that Clarke's assignment is
It is tempting to speculate that the serif coins were the Sydney issue but there
is nothing in the mint records to support such a conjecture. One possibility is
that the serif broke off on the working punch.
Sans-serif 2 in date
Pronounced serif on the baseline of the 2.