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Proof Coin - 5 Cents, Hong Kong, 1937 Numismatics Reg. No: NU 13052

Summary:
Proof 5 Cents, Issued by Hong Kong, 1937
Minted by Royal Mint, London
Statement Of Significance:
The 1935 issue of 5 cent and 10 cent coins had been struck in a Copper-Nickel alloy (also termed a nickel-bronze), for the 1937 issue, the first of George VI, pure nickel was chosen. The 1935 coins had been extensively forged, the new coins were made thicker so that a special security edge couold be adopted. After the 1937 coins were issued the older pieces, both of silver and copper-nickel, were withdrawn from circulation.

The issue was authorised by proclamation issued by R.A.C. North, Colonial Secretary on 7 October 1937, the 5 and 10 cent coins to be legal tender up to $2 from 8 October 1937. The full proclamation was published in the 1937 Annual Report of the Deputy Master and Comptroller of the Royal Mint, p. 76-77.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 1976
Discipline: Numismatics
Dimensions: 16.5 mm (Diameter)
Weight: 2.610 g (Weight)

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Tagged with: british empire coins, british commonwealth and empire coins
Themes this item is part of: Royal Mint, London, Percy Metcalfe, Coin Designer, (1895-1970), Royal Mint, Tower Hill, 1809-1975, The Royal Mint, Early History of London Mints, to 1300, Numismatics & Philately Collection
Primary Classification: COINS
Secondary Classification: Hong Kong
Tertiary Classification: proof strikes
Series: Proof of Record
DateEra: 1937 AD
Denomination: 5 Cents
Obverse Description: Crowned head of George VI facing left; around, GEORGE VI KING AND EMPEROR OF INDIA; artist's initials, PM, below neck
Reverse Description: At centre within a circle of dots, four Chinese characters; around, . HONG - KONG . FIVE CENTS 1937
Edge Description: Milled with central security path of dots
Shape: Round
Material: Nickel
Issued By: Hong Kong, China, 1937
Mint: Royal Mint, London, 1937
Artist: Percy Metcalfe - Royal Mint, London
References: KM#20
Bibliography:
  1. [Book], Mr Colin Bruce - Krause Publications, 2009 Standard Catalogue of World Coins 1901 - 2000, 2009
  2. [Book], Dr Joe Cribb - British Museum Coins and Medals, Money in the Bank, The Hongkong Bank Money Collection, Spink & Son Ltd., London, 1987, 76 - 78 Pages

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