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Coin - 1 Penny, Australia, 1955 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 2235

Summary:
Australia
Penny 1955
Mint: Melbourne
The absence of a dot after the word PENNY indicates that this coin was struck at the Melbourne Mint.

On this issue reference to the Queen as defender of the faith (F:D:) was returned to the obverse legend after Australian's complained at its omission on the 1953 coinage.
Description:
A bronze coin (30.8 mm diameter with plain edge) featuring a laureate head of Elizabeth II facing right; around, ELIZABETH . II . DEI . GRATIA . REGINA F: D: + 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, 1955 is in the field below its tail. The artist's initials KG are above the tip of the tail.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr John Sharples - Museum Victoria, 1989
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 30.8 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 9.49 g (Weight)
Dimension Comment: Weighed on electronic scales 13 Sept. 2005

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Tagged with: australian native animals, federation star, kangaroos
Themes this item is part of: Numismatics & Philately Collection, George Kruger Gray, Designer, Painter & Medallist (1880-1943), HM Queen Elizabeth II (1926- ), Melbourne Mint, Medal Makers, Victoria, Australia, 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: working strikes
Series: Pre-decimal
DateEra: 1955 AD
Denomination: 1 Penny
Obverse Description: Laureate head of Elizabeth II facing right; around, + ELIZABETH . II . DEI . GRATIA . REGINA F: D:
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, 1955 is in the field below its tail. The artist's initials KG are above the tip of the tail.
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: Obverse: + ELIZABETH . II . DEI . GRATIA . REGINA F: D:
Reverse: AUSTRALIA PENNY KG 1955
Shape: Round
Material: Bronze
Issued By: HM Queen Elizabeth II, Australia, 1955
Mint: Melbourne (Mint)
Artist: George Gray - Royal Mint, London
Artist: Mary Gillick

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