Nickel Pattern Penny, 1920
Square obverse legend variety, Type 9
Between 1919 and 1921 a series of experiments were undertaken for a square coinage in nickel to replace the large bronze penny and halfpenny coins. The shape and size was based of a coin from Ceylon (Sri Lanka). These patterns were never authorised for issue.
A square nickel pattern coin with rounded corners (18mm across, plain edge) featuring a bare head of George V facing left with the legend GEORGE V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX 1920 following the straight edges of the coin. The reverse features a Kookaburra seated facing right on small branch; curved above, AUSTRALIA; below at right in two lines and large letters, ONE PENNY
Bare head of George V facing left; in a circle around following straight edges of coin, GEORGE V D.G. BRITT: OMN: REX 1920
Kookaburra seated on small branch facing right; curved above, AUSTRALIA; below at right in two lines, ONE PENNY
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 15/3/1976
Obverse: GEORGE V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX 1920 Reverse: AUSTRALIA ONE PENNY
Type of item
18 mm (Length), 18 mm (Width), 3.881 g (Weight)
Rennicks Type 9 McDonald type 5
[Book] McDonald, Greg. 1987. Australian Coin and Banknote Market Guide.