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 FIDEI DEF. ; 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, 1952 is in the field below its tail. The artist's initials KG are above the tip of the tail.
A dot after the word AUSTRALIA is the mint mark for Perth on this issue.
Bare head of King George VI facing left; around, the monarch's legend in Latin GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX FIDEI DEF. (George the Sixth, by the Grace of God, King of all the Britains, Defender of the Faith); below the neck truncation in small letters are the artist's initials HP (for [Thomas] Humphrey Paget).
||GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX FIDEI DEF.
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 1952 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: PENNY. (listed as "Y." in catalogues). Melbourne Mint coins have no mint mark.
||AUSTRALIA 1952 PENNY
Renniks 1965 lists some varieties of the 2 in the date: "figure 2 tall with pointed serif in date", "figure 2 tilted right", "figure 2 with square serif in date" and "figure 2 with wedge serif in date".
References to additional information:
[Article] Holland, Paul M. Variation of Die Type of Australian Pennies: 1937 - 1964. Journal of the Numismatic Association of Australia. 8
[Article] Sharples, John P. Perth Mint Proof Record Coins 1940 - 1954. Journal of the Numismatic Association of Australia. 8