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Tom SchumannGreat Britain - George V penny varieties
United Kingdom
09 Nov 2016

In his authorative work on British bronze coins Michael Freeman lists two different obverse dies as being used for both the 1920 and 1921 pennies. Freeman lists five different penny obverse dies as having been used during the reign of George V, though subsequent research has revealed an even greater number. The continual changes to the obverse were attempts at reducing ghosting and 1920 and 1921 saw the use of combined use of both Freeman obverse 2 and Freeman obverse 3. The obverses can most easily be distinguished by the space between the words GRA and BRITT – on obverse 3 the space is wider than on obverse 2.

Tom SchumannPossible 2014 ANZAC $1 mule
Australia
07 Oct 2016

In late August 2016 on the Australian Coin Forum a possible mule of a 2014 ANZAC $1 with a 10c obverse was reported. The images showed a distinct stepped rim around the entire obverse, very similar to the 2000 $1 mule, and the obverse was reported to be the same size as that of a 10c obverse die. The reported coin's specifications were given as 9g mass and 25.05mm diameter.

Tom SchumannThe 1920 No Mintmark Australian Shilling
Australia
16 May 2016

The Museum Victoria numismatic collection has a large number of pattern and proof coins in its collection, acquired mostly from the collection of the former Melbourne Mint, but also from other collections including that of the National Gallery of Victoria. One of the coins that is documented as being transferred from the National Gallery of Victoria collection is 1920-dated Australian shilling with no mintmark. All other known 1920-dated Australian shillings have an M mintmark beneath the date, and no literature makes mention of a no mintmark coin: it has apparently gone unnoticed due to its mis-attribution in the Museum Victoria collection as a 1920M shilling.