Penny 1929, Coin from New Guinea, Territory of - detailed information

Penny 1929, Coin from New Guinea, Territory of (demonetised 1966)
CoinPenny 1929

After World War I, New Guinea was administered by Australia (with an interruption due to Japanese occupation during World War II) until the independence of Papua New Guinea in 1975.

Between 1929 and 1945, special coins were minted for the territory by the Melbourne Mint but Australian coinage circulated too. The coins had the same denominations as their British and Australian counterparts from half penny through to shilling (no larger denominations were issued) but feature a central hole.

In 1929, a one year type copper-nickel penny was issued. These coins were considered an unsuccessful experiment and were never released into circulation. The Melbourne Mint sold 400 in a set together with a 1929 half penny. The rest of the mintage was melted. Later penny coins were issued in bronze and with a different design.

MintMelbourne Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage48,000
Obverse
New Guinea, Territory of / Penny 1929 - obverse photo

Crown above a central hole; below, two crossed scepters and a native ornament (headdress?); around, the legend of the monarch: GEORGIUS V. D G REX ET IND. IMP.; below, the denomination 1. In tiny letters divided by the scepters, the designer's initials KG (for George Kruger Gray).

Obverse Inscription 1 GEORGIUS V. D G REX ET IND. IMP.
Reverse
New Guinea, Territory of / Penny 1929 - reverse photo

Native motifs forming a cross around central hole; around, TERRITORY OF NEW GUINEA ONE 1929 PENNY. Under the lower motif, tiny letters KG (for George Kruger Gray).

Reverse Inscription TERRITORY OF NEW GUINEA ONE 1929 PENNY
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

The Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1649 - 1971 lists mintage of 24,000.
Krause catalogues list mintage of 63,000.

Penny 1929: Known varieties
Variety Proof (Nickel)
Mintage Issued: 4
Variety Proof
Mintage Issued: unknown
Penny 1929: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mint
Australian Coin Chart 1966 Mintage Circulation mintage
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mintage Nickel proof mintage
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Varieties Proof, Nickel proof
All (4) Coins of Country: New Guinea, Territory of, Type: Penny
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Penny 1929: Details
CountryNew Guinea, Territory of
CurrencyNew Guinean Pound
Coin TypePenny (CuproNickel)
Issued1929
MonarchKing George V
Face Value1 (x Penny)
Total Mintage48,000
CurrentNo; demonetised 1966
MaterialCuproNickel
DesignerGeorge Kruger Gray
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound with hole
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Penny 1929: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsNew Guinea KM# 2 and KM# 2a (Nickel proof)
Australian Coin ChartNGP1