A bronze coin (30.8 mm diameter with plain edge) featuring a bare head of George VI facing left; around, GEORGIVS VI D:G: BR: OMN: REX F.D. IND: IMP: ; below head in small lettering the artist's initials HP. The reverse features a kangaroo leaping to the left; around above AUSTRALIA, around below, PENNY.; the Federation star is in the field to the left of the kangaroo and the date, 1942 is in the field below its tail. The artist's initials KG are above the tip of the tail.
A tiny dot after the word PENNY is the mint mark for Perth for this issue.
The letter I below the King's head and the dots before and after PENNY on the reverse show that this coin was struck at the Bombay mint.
Bare head of King George VI facing left; around, the monarch's legend in Latin GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP. (George the Sixth, by the Grace of God, King of all the Britains, Defender of the Faith, Emperor of India); below the neck truncation in small letters are the artist's initials HP (for [Thomas] Humphrey Paget).
The letter I below the King's head shows that this coin was struck at the Bombay Mint; however, not all coins of the Bombay issue have it - the mint mark is considered to be the additional dot before the denomination on the reverse.
||GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP.
Kangaroo leaping to the left; around above, AUSTRALIA; around below, the denomination PENNY.; the seven pointed Federation star is in the field to the left of the kangaroo and the date 1942 is in the field below its tail. The artist's initials KG (for [George] Kruger Gray) are above the tip of the tail.
The dot after the denomination is the mint mark for the Perth Mint on this issue. The dots before and after the denomination: .PENNY. on the reverse show that a coin was struck by the Bombay Mint.
||AUSTRALIA 1942 PENNY
Krause catalogues list mintages as follows:
- Perth Mint: 12,245,000
- Bombay Mint: 9,000,000
The Australian Coin Chart lists the Bombay mintage as 9,000,007 - maybe including 7 proofs?
Remick's Guide and Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1649 - 1971 and early Krause editions list a "Perth Mint, no dot" variety not listed elsewhere.