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Coin: Penny 1964
Description

A 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 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, 1964 is in the field below its tail. The artist's initials KG are above the tip of the tail.

This was the last year that Australian pennies were issued.

CountryAustralia CurrencyAustralian Pound
Face value1 (x Penny) TypePenny - Kangaroo
Year1964 CurrentNo (demonetised 1966)
Mintage109,180,401 (109.2 million)
Mints
NameMint markMintage
Perth Mint Y. 54,590,401 (54.6 million)
Melbourne Mint No mint mark 54,590,000 (54.6 million)
MaterialBronze DesignerGeorge Kruger Gray
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II EffigyPortrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait)
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)30.8000 Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)9.4500
Obverse

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.

Obverse inscription ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F : D : +
Reverse

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 1964 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.

Reverse inscriptionAUSTRALIA 1964 PENNY
EdgePlain Edge inscriptionNone
Notes

Krause catalogues list the following mintages:
- Melbourne Mint: 49,130,000 (no proofs)
- Perth Mint: 54,590,000, plus 1 (one) proof

Renniks lists the following mintages:
- Melbourne Mint: 54,590,000 (no proofs), 1983 edition
- Perth Mint: 54,590,400 (no proofs), 1965 edition

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

Penny 1964: Known varieties
VarietyMintageDetails
Proof (Perth Mint) 1 (included in main number)
Penny 1964: Photos
Penny 1964: Photo Coin - 1 Penny, Australia, 1964
Coin - 1 Penny, Australia, 1964
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Author:
Notes: Melbourne Mint.
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Penny 1964: Photo Coin - 1 Penny, Australia, 1964
Coin - 1 Penny, Australia, 1964
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
Author:
Notes: Melbourne Mint.
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Penny 1964: Photo Coin - 1 Penny, Australia, 1964
Coin - 1 Penny, Australia, 1964
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
Author:
Notes: Perth Mint.
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Penny 1964: Photo Coin - 1 Penny, Australia, 1964
Coin - 1 Penny, Australia, 1964
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
Author:
Notes: Perth Mint.
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Penny 1964: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsAustralia KM# 56
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote ValuesB79 (Melbourne Mint) and B80 (Perth Mint)
Australian Coin ChartP82 (Melbourne Mint) and P83 (Perth Mint)
Penny 1964: 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 and 1983 Mintage
Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins Varieties Proof
Penny 1964: Links to sites that (may) sell similar coins
1964(m) Elizabeth II Australian Bronze Penny - Silveragecoins.com 1964(p) Elizabeth II Australian Bronze Penny - Silveragecoins.com
Penny 1964: Some useful external links
Museums Victoria: Coin - 1 Penny, Australia, 1964 (Melbourne Mint) Museums Victoria: Coin - 1 Penny, Australia, 1964 (Perth Mint)
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