A bronze coin (30.8 mm diameter with plain edge) featuring a crowned and robed bust of George V facing left; around, GEORGIVS V D.G. BRITT: OMN: REX F.D. IND: IMP: ; below bust in small lettering the artist's initials B.M. The reverse features, within a circle of beads, the words ONE PENNY in two lines between upper and lower ornate scrolls; around the circle of beads, COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA . 1919 . There is a small dot below the lower scroll.
The dots on the 1919 and 1920 pennies were part of a series of tests on die steels that were undertaken at Melbourne. Dies were supplied to Sydney from Melbourne and it is argued that the steel marks can sometimes reflect the mint which produced the coin.
Crowned and robed bust of King George V facing left; around, the monarch's legend in Latin GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP: · (George V, by the Grace of God, King of all the Britains, Defender of the Faith, Emperor of India); in relief on the bust truncation, in small letters are the artist's initials B.M. (for [Sir Edgar] Bertram Mackennal).
||GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP: ·
At centre within a circle of beads, the denomination ONE PENNY in two lines between upper and lower ornate scrolls; around above, outside the circle of beads, COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA; below, the date · 1919 ·.
There may be small dots below the lower scroll and above the upper scroll. The meaning of these is much debated.
||ONE PENNY COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA 1919
Krause catalogues list mintage at 5,810,000.