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 . 1924 .
On the 1924 dies of all denominations, the Melbourne Mint for the first time inserted the last numeral of the date.
Two sets of the 1924 Melbourne proofs were sent to London to be exhibited at the 1924 British Empire Exhibition.
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 · 1924 ·.
The mints did not use mint marks, so coins struck by the Melbourne Mint and the Sydney Mint are indistinguishable.
||ONE PENNY COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA 1924
Krause catalogues list mintage at 4,656,000, with no separate mintages for Melbourne or Sydney.
References to additional information:
[Article] Sharples, John. 1985. Australian Coins 1919 to 1924. Journal of the Numismatic Association of Australia. 1 (July): 4-18.
[Book] Mullett, William J. 1991. Australian Coinage. An Account of Particular Coins.