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Coin: Penny 1951
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 FIDEI DEF. ; 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, 1951 is in the field below its tail. The artist's initials KG are above the tip of the tail.

Small letters PL near the rim after the word PENNY is the mint mark for London on this issue. This was the first time this mark had been used since London had been a mint within the Roman Empire.

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

CountryAustralia CurrencyAustralian Pound
Face value1 (x Penny) TypePenny - Kangaroo
Year1951 CurrentNo (demonetised 1966)
Mintage52,128,000 (52.1 million)
Mints
NameMint markMintage
Melbourne Mint No mint mark 21,240,000 (21.2 million)
Royal Mint London Letters PL 18,000,000 (18.0 million)
Perth Mint Dot after Y 12,888,000 (12.9 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 FIDEI DEF. ; below head in small lettering the artist's initials HP.

Obverse inscription GEORGIVS VI D: G: BR: OMN: REX FIDEI DEF.
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, 1951 is in the field below its tail. The artist's initials KG are above the tip of the tail.

Small letters PL near the rim after the word PENNY is the mint mark for London on this issue. This was the first time this mark had been used since London had been a mint within the Roman Empire.

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

Reverse inscription

AUSTRALIA 1951 PENNY

EdgePlain Edge inscription

None

Notes

The Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1649 - 1971 lists a "London Mint, no PL variety" but it is not clear how this is different from the Melbourne Mint pennies.

Penny 1951: Known varieties
VarietyMintageDetails
Proof (Perth Mint) unknown
Proof (Royal Mint London) unknown
Penny 1951: Photos
Penny 1951: Photo Coin - 1 Penny, Australia, 1951
Coin - 1 Penny, Australia, 1951
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Notes: Melbourne Mint.
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Penny 1951: Photo Proof Coin - 1 Penny, Australia, 1951
Proof Coin - 1 Penny, Australia, 1951
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
Author:
Notes: Proof. Royal Mint London.
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Penny 1951: Photo Proof Coin - 1 Penny, Australia, 1951
Proof Coin - 1 Penny, Australia, 1951
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
Author:
Notes: Proof. Perth Mint.
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Penny 1951: Photo Proof Coin - 1 Penny, Australia, 1951
Proof Coin - 1 Penny, Australia, 1951
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
Author:
Notes: Proof.
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Penny 1951: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsAustralia KM# 43
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote ValuesB59 (London), B60 (Perth) and B61 (Melbourne)
Australian Coin ChartP61 (Melbourne), P62 (Perth) and P63 (London)
Penny 1951: 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
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Varieties Proof
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Penny 1951: Links to sites that (may) sell similar coins
1951 PL George VI Australian Bronze Penny - Silveragecoins.com 1951(m) George VI Australian Bronze Penny - Silveragecoins.com
1951(p) George VI Australian Bronze Penny - Silveragecoins.com
Penny 1951: Some useful external links
Museums Victoria: Coin - 1 Penny, Australia, 1951 (Melbourne Mint) Museums Victoria: Proof Coin - 1 Penny, Australia, 1951 (Royal Mint London)
Museums Victoria: Proof Coin - 1 Penny, Australia, 1951 (Perth Mint)
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