Penny (CuproNickel), Coin Type from New Guinea, Territory of - detailed information

Penny (CuproNickel), Coin Type from New Guinea, Territory of (issued 1929 - 1929)
Coin TypePenny (CuproNickel)

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.

The 1929 penny is a one year type. 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.

Obverse
New Guinea, Territory of / Penny (CuproNickel) - obverse photo

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
New Guinea, Territory of / Penny (CuproNickel) - reverse photo

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

Reverse Inscription TERRITORY OF NEW GUINEA ONE 1929 PENNY
EdgeEdge Inscription
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Penny (CuproNickel): Details
CountryNew Guinea, Territory of
CurrencyNew Guinean Pound
Sub-type ofPenny
From1929
To1929
Face Value1 (x Penny)
CurrentNo (demonetised 1966)
MaterialCuproNickel
DesignerGeorge Kruger Gray
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound with hole
Size (mm)
Mass (g)
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