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.
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. for George V or GEORGIUS VI. D G REX ET IND. IMP. for George VI; below, a six-pointed star. In tiny letters divided by the star, the designer's initials KG (for George Kruger Gray).
|Obverse Inscription||GEORGIUS V. D G REX ET IND. IMP. or GEORGIUS VI. D G REX ET IND. IMP.|
Native motifs forming a cross around central hole; around, TERRITORY OF NEW GUINEA ONE SHILLING and the date. Under the lower motif, tiny letters KG (for George Kruger Gray).
|Reverse Inscription||TERRITORY OF NEW GUINEA ONE SHILLING [year]|