Detailed information about Coin: Penny 1944 from New Guinea, Territory of
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 (of this type) were issued in bronze and with a different design.
|Country||New Guinea, Territory of||Currency||New Guinean Pound|
|Face value||1 (x Penny)||Type||Penny (Bronze)|
|Year||1944||Current||No (demonetised 1966)|
|Material||Bronze||Designer||George Kruger Gray|
|Monarch||King George VI||Effigy|
|Production technology||Milled (machine-made)||Shape||Round with hole|
|Size (mm)||26.7000||Thickness (mm)|
Crown above central hole flanked by examples of native art depicting nesting birds; royal cypher below (GRI for Georgivs VI Rex Imperator - George VI King and Emperor).
Examples of native art around central hole. Around, TERRITORY OF NEW GUINEA. ONE . PENNY . 1944 In tiny letters divided by the central motif, the designer's initials KG (for George Kruger Gray).
TERRITORY OF NEW GUINEA ONE PENNY 1944
|Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins||New Guinea KM# 7|
|Australian Coin Chart||NGP4|
|Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins||1971||Mint|
|Australian Coin Chart||1966||Mintage|
|Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins||1971||Mintage|
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