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Coin: Penny 1943
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, 1943 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 Mint for this issue.

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

CountryAustralia CurrencyAustralian Pound
Face value1 (x Penny) TypePenny - Kangaroo
Year1943 CurrentNo (demonetised 1966)
Mintage53,198,400 (53.2 million)
Mints
NameMintageMint mark
Perth Mint 33,086,400 (33.1 million) Dot after Y
Melbourne Mint 11,112,000 (11.1 million) No mint mark
Bombay Mint 9,000,000 (9.0 million) Dot before and after PENNY or HALF PENNY
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 on the obverse shows that a coin was struck at the Bombay Mint (not on all though; some coins have the Bombay dots on the reverse but no "I" on the obverse).

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, 1943 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 Mint for this issue.

Dots before and after PENNY on the reverse show that a coin was struck at the Bombay Mint.

Reverse inscription

AUSTRALIA PENNY 1943

EdgePlain Edge inscription

None

Notes

Krause catalogues list the following mintage figures:
- Perth Mint: 33,086,000
- Melbourne Mint: 11,112,000
- Bombay Mint: 9,000,000

The Australian Coin Chart 1965 lists the following mintage figures:
- Perth Mint: 33,086,400
- Melbourne Mint: 11,107,200
- Bombay Mint: 9,000,006 (6 proofs?)

Penny 1943: Known varieties
VarietyMintageRarityDetails
No I under head (Bombay Mint) unknown (hover mouse for text)
Proof (Bombay Mint) unknown
Proof (Perth Mint) unknown
Elongated beads (Bombay Mint) unknown (hover mouse for text)
Penny 1943: Photos
Penny 1943: Photo Coin - 1 Penny, Australia, 1943
Coin - 1 Penny, Australia, 1943
Copyright: Museum Victoria / CC BY
Author:
Notes: Perth Mint (dot after Y).
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Penny 1943: Photo Coin - 1 Penny, Australia, 1943
Coin - 1 Penny, Australia, 1943
Copyright: Museum Victoria / CC BY
Author:
Notes: Perth Mint.
source
Penny 1943: Photo Coin - 1 Penny, Australia, 1943
Coin - 1 Penny, Australia, 1943
Copyright: Museum Victoria / CC BY
Author:
Notes: Bombay Mint.
source
Penny 1943: Photo Coin - 1 Penny, Australia, 1943
Coin - 1 Penny, Australia, 1943
Copyright: Museum Victoria / CC BY
Author:
Notes: Bombay Mint.
source
Penny 1943: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsAustralia KM# 36
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote ValuesB45 (Melbourne Mint) and B46 (Perth Mint)
Australian Coin ChartP47 (Melbourne Mint) and P48 (Perth Mint)
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote ValuesB47 (Bombay Mint), B47A (Elongated beads, Bombay)
Australian Coin ChartP49 (Bombay Mint), P46 (Elongated beads, Bombay)
Penny 1943: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Museum Victoria Collections 2016 Coin description link
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote Values 1965 Mint
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote Values 1965 Mintage
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote Values 1965 Varieties Elongated beads
Australian Coin Chart 1965 Varieties Elongated beads
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Varieties Proof (Perth Mint)
Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins 1988 Varieties Proof (Bombay Mint)
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Penny 1943: Links to sites that (may) sell similar coins
1943(b) I George VI Australian Bronze Penny - Silveragecoins.com 1943(b) I w/o I George VI Australian Bronze Penny - Silveragecoins.com
1943(m) George VI Australian Bronze Penny - Silveragecoins.com 1943(p) George VI Australian Bronze Penny - Silveragecoins.com
Penny 1943: Some useful external links
Museum Victoria Collections: Proof Coin - 1 Penny, Australia, 1943 (Perth Mint) Museum Victoria Collections: Coin - 1 Penny, Australia, 1943 (Perth Mint)
Museum Victoria Collections: Coin - 1 Penny, Australia, 1943 (Bombay Mint)
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