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.
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.
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.
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