Summary

Australia
Penny 1949
Mint: Melbourne
The absence of a small dot after the word PENNY indicates that this coin was struck at Melbourne.

Physical Description

A bronze coin (30.8 mm diameter with plain edge) featuring a bare head of George VI facing left; around, GEORGIVS VI D:G: BR: OMN: REX FIDEI DEF. ; below head in small lettering the artist's initials HP. 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, 1949 is in the field below its tail. The artist's initials KG are above the tip of the tail.

Obverse Description

Bare head of George VI facing left; around, GEORGIVS VI D:G: BR: OMN: REX FIDEI DEF. ; below head in small lettering the artist's initials HP.

Reverse Description

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, 1949 is in the field below its tail. The artist's initials KG are above the tip of the tail.

Edge Description

Plain

Significance

On this penny issue the reference to the King as Emperor of India is dropped for the first time and the abbreviation F:D: is expanded to FIDEI DEF.

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