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Coin: Penny 1929
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
Face value1 (x Penny) TypePenny (CuproNickel)
Year1929 CurrentNo (demonetised 1966)
Mintage48,000 (48000)
Mints
NameMintageMint mark
Melbourne Mint 48,000 (48000) No mint mark
MaterialCuproNickel DesignerGeorge Kruger Gray
MonarchKing George V Effigy
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound with hole
Size (mm) Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)
Obverse

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).

Obverse inscription 1 GEORGIUS V. D G REX ET IND. IMP.
Reverse

Native motifs forming a cross around central hole; around, TERRITORY OF NEW GUINEA ONE 1929 PENNY. Under the lower motif, tiny letters KG (for George Kruger Gray).

Reverse inscription

TERRITORY OF NEW GUINEA ONE 1929 PENNY

EdgePlain Edge inscription

None

Notes

The Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1649 - 1971 lists mintage of 24,000.
Krause catalogues list mintage of 63,000.

Penny 1929: Known varieties
VarietyMintageRarityDetails
Proof (Nickel) 4
Proof unknown
Penny 1929: Photos
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Penny 1929: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsNew Guinea KM# 2 and KM# 2a (Nickel proof)
Australian Coin ChartNGP1
Penny 1929: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mint
Australian Coin Chart 1966 Mintage Circulation mintage
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mintage Nickel proof mintage
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Varieties Proof, Nickel proof
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Penny 1929: Some useful external links
New Guinea 1929 penny - CoinFactsWiki 1 Penny - George V - New Guinea - Numista
List of all (4) coins of type: New Guinea, Territory of / Penny
Penny 1929 Penny 1936 Penny 1938 Penny 1944