Summary

Australia
Penny 1930 (AD)
Mint: Melbourne
Other Details: Proof coin. During the Depression no 1930 pennies were issued by the Commonwealth of Australia. Yet some were struck by the Melbourne Mint to test dies using the number '3' in case orders were received from the Commonwealth.

Physical Description

A bronze coin (30.8 mm diameter with plain edge) featuring a crowned and robed bust of George V facing left; around, GEORGIVS V D.G. BRITT: OMN: REX F.D. IND: IMP: ; below bust in small lettering the artist's initials B.M. The reverse features, within a circle of beads, the words ONE PENNY in two lines between upper and lower ornate scrolls; around the circle of beads, COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA . 1930 .

Obverse Description

Crowned and robed bust of George V facing left; around, GEORGIVS V D.G. BRITT: OMN: REX F.D. IND: IMP: ; below bust in small lettering the artist's initials B.M.

Reverse Description

At centre within a circle of beads, the words ONE PENNY in two lines between upper and lower ornate scrolls; around the circle of beads, COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA . 1930 .

Edge Description

Plain

Significance

During the Depression, no 1930 pennies were officially issued by the Commonwealth of Australia. Yet 3000 of them were struck. It is believed that 1930 penny dies were used by guides at the Royal Australian Mint to demonstrate how the presses worked. Visitors souvenired these coins by swapping them with previously-released pennies. -Royal Australian Mint web site http://www.ramint.gov.au/press_releases/masterpieces.cfm. -D. Tout-Smith 30/10/2003.

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