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Coin: Penny 1919
Description

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.

CountryAustralia CurrencyAustralian Pound
Face value1 (x Penny) TypePenny - Commonwealth of Australia
Year1919 CurrentNo (demonetised 1966)
Mintage5,810,160 (5.8 million)
Mints
NameMint markMintage
Melbourne Mint No mint mark 5,810,160 (5.8 million)
MaterialBronze DesignerWilliam Henry James Blakemore
MonarchKing George V EffigyPortrait by Bertram Mackennal (Crowned Bust)
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)30.8000 Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)9.4500
Obverse

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).

Obverse inscription GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP: ·
Reverse

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.

Reverse inscriptionONE PENNY COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA 1919
EdgePlain Edge inscriptionNone
Notes

Krause catalogues list mintage at 5,810,000.

Penny 1919: Known varieties
VarietyMintageDetails
Dot below scroll unknown (hover mouse for text)
Double dot unknown (hover mouse for text)
Proof unknown
Penny 1919: Photos
Penny 1919: Photo Australia 1919 penny
Australia 1919 penny
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Notes: Dot under lower scroll.
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Penny 1919: Photo Australia 1919 penny
Australia 1919 penny
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Penny 1919: Photo Specimen Coin - 1 Penny, Australia, 1919
Specimen Coin - 1 Penny, Australia, 1919
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Notes: Dot below lower scroll.
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Penny 1919: Photo Specimen Coin - 1 Penny, Australia, 1919
Specimen Coin - 1 Penny, Australia, 1919
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Penny 1919: Photo Coin - 1 Penny, Australia, 1919
Coin - 1 Penny, Australia, 1919
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Notes: No dots.
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Penny 1919: Photo Coin - 1 Penny, Australia, 1919
Coin - 1 Penny, Australia, 1919
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Notes: Obverse die taken from the London master die.
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Penny 1919: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsAustralia KM# 23
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote ValuesB10 (No dots), B11 (Dot under lower scroll)
Australian Coin ChartP10 (Dot under lower scroll)
Australian Coin ChartP11 (No dots), P11a (Dot above and below scrolls)
Penny 1919: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Museums Victoria Collections 2016 Coin description link
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote Values 1965 Mint
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote Values 1965 Mintage
Australian Coin Chart 1965 Mintage
Museums Victoria Collections 2016 Varieties link Dots
Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins Varieties Proof
Penny 1919: Links to sites that (may) sell similar coins
1919(m) George V Australian Bronze Penny - Silveragecoins.com 1919(m) dot George V Australian Bronze Penny - Silveragecoins.com
1919(m) w/o dot George V Australian Bronze Penny - Silveragecoins.com
Penny 1919: Some useful external links
Australia 1919 penny - CoinFactsWiki Museums Victoria: Specimen Coin - 1 Penny, Australia, 1919
Museums Victoria: Coin - 1 Penny, Australia, 1919 (London obverse)
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