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Coin: Penny 1962
Description

CountryUnited Kingdom CurrencyPound Sterling (pre-decimal)
Face value1 (x Penny) TypePenny (Britannia, fourth design)
Year1962 CurrentNo (demonetised 1971)
Mintage137,640,000 (137.6 million) RarityC (Common)
Mints
NameMint markMintage
Royal Mint No mint mark 137,640,000 (137.6 million), Rarity: C (Common)
MaterialBronze DesignerLeonard Charles Wyon
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II EffigyPortrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait)
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)31 Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)9.4000
Obverse

Laureate bust of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (effigy by Mary Gillick known as the "First portrait"); the designer's initials, M.G., appear incuse, very faintly, on the base of the truncation. The monarch's legend ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F : D : + (Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith) runs continuously all around the bust.

Obverse inscription ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F : D : +
Reverse

Figure of Britannia seated facing right on a rock wearing a helmet and flowing robes; she holds a trident and rests her right hand on a shield which bears the combined crosses of the Union Flag; in the background at left, a lighthouse; around, the denomination ONE PENNY; in exergue, the date 1962.

Reverse inscriptionONE PENNY 1962
EdgePlain Edge inscriptionNone
Notes

All one penny coins of 1962 have Obverse 3 and Reverse E (see definitions in Freeman).

Krause lists mintage of 143,309,000.

References to additional information:

[Book] Freeman, Michael J. 2016. The Bronze Coinage of Great Britain. Rotographic, London, UK. p71

Penny 1962: Known varieties
VarietyMintageDetails
Proof unknown
Penny 1962: Photos
Penny 1962: Photo Coin - Penny, Elizabeth II, Great Britain, 1962
Coin - Penny, Elizabeth II, Great Britain, 1962
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Penny 1962: Photo Coin - Penny, Elizabeth II, Great Britain, 1962
Coin - Penny, Elizabeth II, Great Britain, 1962
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Penny 1962: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Freeman, Bronze Coinage of Great Britain250, 251 (Proof)
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom4157
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# 897
Penny 1962: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Museums Victoria Collections 2016 Coin description link
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mint
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mintage
Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins Varieties Proof
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Penny 1962: Some useful external links
Museums Victoria Collections: Coin - Penny, Elizabeth II, Great Britain, 1962
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