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Coin: Penny 1959
Description

A bronze coin (30.8 mm diameter with plain edge) featuring a laureate head of Elizabeth II facing right; around, ELIZABETH . II . DEI . GRATIA . REGINA F: D: + The artist's initials M.G. incuse on the bust truncation above the G of GRATIA.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, 1959 is in the field below its tail. The artist's initials KG are above the tip of the tail.

Both Melbourne Mint and Perth Mint sold proof coins to collectors from 1955 until 1963.

CountryAustralia CurrencyAustralian Pound
Face value1 (x Penny) TypePenny - Kangaroo
Year1959 CurrentNo (demonetised 1966)
Mintage16,048,136 (16.0 million)
Mints
NameMintageMint mark
Perth Mint 14,429,030 (14.4 million) Dot after Y
Melbourne Mint 1,619,106 (1.6 million) No mint mark
MaterialBronze DesignerGeorge Kruger Gray
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II EffigyPortrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait)
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)30.8000 Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)9.4500
Obverse

Laureate head of Elizabeth II facing right; around, + ELIZABETH . II . DEI . GRATIA . REGINA F: D: The artist's initials M.G. incuse on the bust truncation above the G of GRATIA.

Obverse inscription + ELIZABETH . II . DEI . GRATIA . REGINA F: D:
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, 1959 is in the field below its tail. The artist's initials KG are above the tip of the tail.

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

Reverse inscription

AUSTRALIA 1959 PENNY

EdgePlain Edge inscription

None

Notes

Krause catalogues list the following mintages:
- Melbourne Mint: 1,617,000 plus 1,506 proofs
- Perth Mint: 14,428,000 plus 1,030 proofs

Renniks 1965 lists the following mintages:
- Melbourne Mint: 1,617,600 plus 1,506 proofs
- Perth Mint: 14,428,000 plus 1,030 proofs

Penny 1959: Known varieties
VarietyMintageRarityDetails
Proof (Melbourne Mint) 1,506 (included in main number)
Proof (Perth Mint) 1,030 (included in main number)
Proof pattern in silver, Melbourne Mint unknown (hover mouse for text)
Penny 1959: Photos
Penny 1959: Photo Proof Coin - 1 Penny, Australia, 1959
Proof Coin - 1 Penny, Australia, 1959
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Notes: Proof. Melbourne Mint.
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Penny 1959: Photo Proof Coin - 1 Penny, Australia, 1959
Proof Coin - 1 Penny, Australia, 1959
Copyright: Museum Victoria / CC BY
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Notes: Proof. Melbourne Mint.
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Penny 1959: Photo Proof Coin - 1 Penny, Australia, 1959
Proof Coin - 1 Penny, Australia, 1959
Copyright: Museum Victoria / CC BY
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Notes: Proof. Perth Mint.
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Penny 1959: Photo Proof Coin - 1 Penny, Australia, 1959
Proof Coin - 1 Penny, Australia, 1959
Copyright: Museum Victoria / CC BY
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Notes: Proof. Perth Mint.
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Penny 1959: Photo Australia 1959(p) penny
Australia 1959(p) penny
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Notes: Perth Mint. Proof.
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Penny 1959: Photo Australia 1959(p) penny
Australia 1959(p) penny
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Notes: Perth Mint. Proof.
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Penny 1959: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsAustralia KM# 56
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote ValuesB73 (Melbourne Mint) and B74 (Perth Mint)
Australian Coin ChartP76 (Melbourne Mint) and P77 (Perth Mint)
Penny 1959: 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 Circulation and proof mintage
Museum Victoria Collections 2016 Varieties link Proof
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote Values 1965 Varieties Proof
McDonald, Australian Coins and Banknotes Varieties Proof pattern in silver, Melbourne Mint
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Penny 1959: Links to sites that (may) sell similar coins
1959(m) Elizabeth II Australian Bronze Penny - Silveragecoins.com 1959(p) Elizabeth II Australian Bronze Penny - Silveragecoins.com
Penny 1959: Some useful external links
Cruzi's Coins: Australian Pre-Decimal Proofs: 1959 Perth Mint Australia 1959(p) penny - CoinFactsWiki
Museum Victoria Collections: Proof Coin - 1 Penny, Australia, 1959 (Melbourne Mint) Museum Victoria Collections: Proof Coin - 1 Penny, Australia, 1959 (Perth Mint)
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