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Coin: Sixpence 1935

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 had different designs and feature a central hole.

CountryNew Guinea, Territory of CurrencyNew Guinean Pound
Face value6 (x Penny) TypeSixpence
Year1935 CurrentNo (demonetised 1966)
Mintage2,110,000 (2.1 million)
NameMintageMint mark
Melbourne Mint 2,110,000 (2.1 million) No mint mark
MaterialCuproNickel DesignerGeorge Kruger Gray
MonarchKing George V Effigy
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound with hole
Size (mm)19.3000 Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)

Crown above central hole dividing the date; royal cypher below (GRI for Georgivs V Rex Imperator - George V King and Emperor).

Obverse inscription 1935 GRI

Star shaped eight-pointed device around central hole. Around, TERRITORY OF NEW GUINEA 6 PENCE 1935.

Reverse inscription


EdgeMilled Edge inscription



Remick's Guide and Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1649 - 1971 lists mintage of 400,000.
Krause catalogues list mintage of 2,000,000.

Sixpence 1935: Known varieties
Proof unknown
Sixpence 1935: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsNew Guinea KM# 4
Australian Coin ChartNGS1
Sixpence 1935: References to Information Used
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mint
Australian Coin Chart 1966 Mintage
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Varieties Proof
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Sixpence 1935: Some useful external links
Royal Collection: New Guinea. Sixpence, 1935 6 Pence - George V - New Guinea - Numista
List of all (2) coins of type: New Guinea, Territory of / Sixpence
Sixpence 1935 Sixpence 1943