Shilling 1945, Coin from New Guinea, Territory of - detailed information

Shilling 1945, Coin from New Guinea, Territory of (demonetised 1966)
CoinShilling 1945

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 had different designs and feature a central hole.

MintMelbourne Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage2,000,000 (2.0 million)

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

Obverse Inscription GEORGIUS VI. D G REX ET IND. IMP.

Native motifs forming a cross around central hole; around, TERRITORY OF NEW GUINEA ONE SHILLING and the date 1945. Under the lower motif, tiny letters KG (for George Kruger Gray).

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Shilling 1945: Details
CountryNew Guinea, Territory of
CurrencyNew Guinean Pound
Coin TypeShilling
MonarchKing George VI
Face Value1 (x Shilling)
Total Mintage2,000,000 (2.0 million)
CurrentNo; demonetised 1966
Material0.925 Silver
DesignerGeorge Kruger Gray
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound with hole
Size23.5000 mm
Mass5.3800 g
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Shilling 1945: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsNew Guinea KM# 8
Australian Coin ChartNGB4