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Coin type: Penny
Description

After World War I, New Guinea was administered by Australia (with an interruption due to Japanese occupation during World War II) until the independence of Papua New Guinea in 1975.

Between 1929 and 1945, special coins were minted for the territory by the Melbourne Mint but Australian coinage circulated too. The coins had the same denominations as their British and Australian counterparts from half penny through to shilling (no larger denominations were issued) but feature a central hole.

In 1929, a one year type copper-nickel penny was issued. These coins were considered an unsuccessful experiment and were never released into circulation. The Melbourne Mint sold 400 in a set together with a 1929 half penny. The rest of the mintage was melted. Later penny coins were issued in bronze and with a different design.

CountryNew Guinea, Territory of CurrencyNew Guinean Pound
Sub-type of Sub-types Penny (CuproNickel)
Penny (Bronze)
Face value1 (x Penny)
Years produced1929 - 1944 CurrentNo (demonetised 1966)
Material DesignerGeorge Kruger Gray
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound with hole
Size (mm) Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)
Obverse

In 1929 only: Crown above a central hole; below, two crossed scepters and a native ornament (headdress?); around, the legend of the monarch: GEORGIUS V. D G REX ET IND. IMP.; below, the denomination 1. In tiny letters divided by the scepters, the designer's initials KG (for George Kruger Gray).

1936 through 1944 (bronze) issues: Crown above central hole flanked by examples of native art depicting nesting birds; royal cypher below. In tiny letters divided by the crown, the designer's initials KG (for George Kruger Gray).

Obverse inscription
Reverse

In 1929 only: Native motifs forming a cross around central hole; around, TERRITORY OF NEW GUINEA ONE 1929 PENNY. Under the central hole separated by one of the motifs, tiny letters KG (for George Kruger Gray).

1936 through 1944 (bronze) issues: Examples of native art around central hole. Around, TERRITORY OF NEW GUINEA. ONE . PENNY . [year] In tiny letters divided by the central motif, the designer's initials KG (for George Kruger Gray).

Reverse inscriptionTERRITORY OF NEW GUINEA ONE [year] PENNY or TERRITORY OF NEW GUINEA. ONE . PENNY . [year]
EdgePlain Edge inscriptionNone
Penny: Photos

New Guinea 1929 penny
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Notes: Cupronickel (1929).
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New Guinea 1 Penny 1936
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Notes: Bronze (1936 - 1944).
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New Guinea 1929 penny
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Notes: King George V (1929).
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New Guinea 1 Penny 1936
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Notes: King Edward VIII (1936).
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List of 4 coins of type: Penny from New Guinea, Territory of
NameMintageReignEffigyLegend
Penny 1929 48,000 King George V 1 GEORGIUS V. D G REX ET IND. IMP.
Penny 1936 360,000 King Edward VIII ERI
Penny 1938 360,000 King George VI GRI
Penny 1944 240,000 King George VI GRI
Penny: Some useful external links
1 Penny - George VI - New Guinea - Numista