A proof bronze coin (30.8 mm diameter with plain edge) featuring a laureate head of Elizabeth II facing right; around, ELIZABETH . II . DEI . GRATIA . REGINA F: D: + The artist's initials M.G. incuse on the bust truncation above the G of GRATIA. 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, 1963 is in the field below its tail. The artist's initials KG are above the tip of the tail.
The dot after the word PENNY is the mint mark for the Perth Mint on this issue.
Perth Mint sold pre-decimal proof coins to collectors between 1955 and 1963.
||Mintage||10,259,660 (10.3 million)
Laureate bust of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (the effigy by Mary Gillick known as the "First portrait"); the designer's initials, M.G., appear incuse on the base of the neck truncation. The monarch's legend ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F : D : + (Elizabeth the Second, by the grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith) runs continuously all around the bust.
||ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F : D : +
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 1963 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.
||AUSTRALIA 1963 PENNY
Krause catalogues list circulation mintage of 10,258,000 plus 1,100 proofs.
Renniks 1965 lists circulation mintage of 10,258,560 plus 1,100 proofs.