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Proof Coin - 1 Penny, Australia, 1949 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 4845

Summary:
Australia
Penny 1949
Proof strike
Mint: Melbourne

The absence of a small dot after the word PENNY indicates that this coin was struck at Melbourne.
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.
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.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, 1978
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 30.8 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 9.361 g (Weight)

More information

Themes this item is part of: Numismatics & Philately Collection, George Kruger Gray, Designer, Painter & Medallist (1880-1943), HRH George VI (1895-1952), Melbourne Mint, Medal Makers, Victoria, Australia, Thomas Humphrey Paget, Medallist (1893-1974), Deputy Masters of the Melbourne Branch of the Royal Mint, Closure of Melbourne Mint, Melbourne Mint during World War II, Establishment of Melbourne Mint, 1872, Melbourne Mint
Primary Classification: COINS
Secondary Classification: Australia
Tertiary Classification: proof strikes
Series: Pre-decimal
DateEra: 1949 AD
Denomination: 1 Penny
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
Inscriptions: Obverse: GEORGIVS VI D: G: BR: OMN: REX FIDEI DEF.
Reverse: AUSTRALIA. 1949 PENNY KG
Shape: round
Material: Bronze
Issued By: HM George VI, Australia, 1949
Mint: Melbourne (Mint)
Artist: Thomas Paget - Royal Mint, London
Artist: George Gray - Royal Mint, London

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