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Pattern Coin - 1 Penny, Australia, 1920 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 4934

Nickel Pattern Penny, 1920
Square obverse legend variety, Type 9
Mint: Melbourne

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
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, 1978
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 18 mm (Width), 18 mm (Length)
Weight: 3.844 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: australian federation 1901, nickel pattern coins, pattern coins
Themes this item is part of: Numismatics & Philately Collection, HRH King George V (1865-1936), 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: pattern strikes
Series: Square Patterns
DateEra: 1920 AD
Denomination: 1 Penny
Obverse Description: Bare head of George V facing left; in a circle around following straight edges of coin, GEORGE V D.G. BRITT: OMN: REX 1920
Reverse Description: Kookaburra seated on small branch facing right; curved above, AUSTRALIA; below at right in two lines, ONE PENNY
Edge Description: Plain
Inscriptions: Obverse: GEORGE V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX 1920
Shape: Square
Material: Nickel
Issued By: HM King George V, Australia, 1920
Mint: Melbourne (Mint)
Artist: Douglas Richardson
References: Rennicks Type 9
McDonald type 5
  1. [Article] Sharples, John. 1985. Australian Coins 1919 to 1924. Journal of the Numismatic Association of Australia. 1 (July): 4-18.

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