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Coin: Penny 1942
Description

A bronze coin (30.8 mm diameter with plain edge) featuring a bare head of George VI facing left; around, GEORGIVS VI D:G: BR: OMN: REX F.D. IND: IMP: ; below head in small lettering the artist's initials HP. The reverse features a kangaroo leaping to the left; around above AUSTRALIA, around below, PENNY.; the Federation star is in the field to the left of the kangaroo and the date, 1942 is in the field below its tail. The artist's initials KG are above the tip of the tail.

A tiny dot after the word PENNY is the mint mark for Perth for this issue.

The letter I below the King's head and the dots before and after PENNY on the reverse show that this coin was struck at the Bombay mint.

CountryAustralia CurrencyAustralian Pound
Face value1 (x Penny) TypePenny - Kangaroo
Year1942 CurrentNo (demonetised 1966)
Mintage21,244,800 (21.2 million)
Mints
NameMint markMintage
Perth Mint Dot after Y 12,244,800 (12.2 million)
Bombay Mint Dot before and after PENNY or HALF PENNY 9,000,000 (9.0 million)
MaterialBronze DesignerGeorge Kruger Gray
MonarchKing George VI EffigyPortrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)30.8000 Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)9.4500
Obverse

Bare head of George VI facing left; around, GEORGIVS VI D:G: BR: OMN: REX F.D. IND: IMP: ; below head in small lettering the artist's initials HP.

The letter I below the King's head shows that this coin was struck at the Bombay mint; however, not all coins of the Bombay issue have it.

Obverse inscription GEORGIVS VI D: G: BR: OMN: REX F: D: IND: IMP:
Reverse

Kangaroo leaping to the left; around above AUSTRALIA, around below, PENNY.; the Federation star is in the field to the left of the kangaroo and the date, 1942 is in the field below its tail. The artist's initials KG are above the tip of the tail.

The tiny dot after PENNY is the Perth mint mark on this issue.

The dots before and after PENNY on the reverse show that this coin was struck at the Bombay mint.

Reverse inscription

AUSTRALIA 1942 PENNY

EdgePlain Edge inscription

None

Notes

Krause catalogues list mintages as follows:
- Perth Mint: 12,245,000
- Bombay Mint: 9,000,000

The Australian Coin Chart lists the Bombay mintage as 9,000,007 - maybe including 7 proofs?

Remick's Guide and Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1649 - 1971 and early Krause editions list a "Perth Mint, no dot" variety not listed elsewhere.

Penny 1942: Known varieties
VarietyMintageDetails
Proof (Bombay Mint) unknown
Proof (Perth Mint) unknown
No I under head (Bombay Mint) unknown (hover mouse for text)
Penny 1942: Photos
Penny 1942: Photo Coin - 1 Penny, Australia, 1942
Coin - 1 Penny, Australia, 1942
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
Author:
Notes: Perth Mint.
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Penny 1942: Photo Coin - 1 Penny, Australia, 1942
Coin - 1 Penny, Australia, 1942
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
Author:
Notes: Perth Mint.
source
Penny 1942: Photo Coin - 1 Penny, Australia, 1942
Coin - 1 Penny, Australia, 1942
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
Notes: Bombay Mint.
source
Penny 1942: Photo Coin - 1 Penny, Australia, 1942
Coin - 1 Penny, Australia, 1942
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
Notes: Bombay Mint. "I" under head.
source
Penny 1942: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsAustralia KM# 36
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote ValuesB43 (Perth Mint)
Australian Coin ChartP43 (Perth Mint)
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote ValuesB44 (I under head), B44A (No I) - Bombay Mint
Australian Coin ChartP44 (I under head), P45 (No I) - Bombay Mint
Penny 1942: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Museums Victoria Collections 2016 Coin description link
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote Values 1965 Mint
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote Values 1965 Mintage
Australian Coin Chart 1965 Mintage
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote Values 1965 Varieties No I under head
Australian Coin Chart 1965 Varieties No I under head
Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins Varieties Proof (Perth Mint and Bombay Mint)
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Penny 1942: Links to sites that (may) sell similar coins
1942(b) I George VI Australian Bronze Penny - Silveragecoins.com 1942(b) w/o I George VI Australian Bronze Penny - Silveragecoins.com
1942(p) George VI Australian Bronze Penny - Silveragecoins.com
Penny 1942: Some useful external links
Museums Victoria: Coin - 1 Penny, Australia, 1942 (Perth Mint)
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