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Penny

1955 - 64

Elizabeth II

Type II

The Kangaroo design continued into this type right until the introduction of decimal currency with the conclusion of the penny series in 1964. This type features a slightly reworded obverse legend, ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA F:D ('Elizabeth II, by the grace of god, queen, defender of the faith'), which was modified after public outcry that the previous type omitted FIDEI DEF ('defender of the faith'). All dates in the series are easy to acquire in mint state, though the 1959 plain from the Melbourne mint is quite scarce. Finding any date beyond MS64 is a challenge, however, they do turn up from time to time. The series was struck by both the Melbourne and Perth mint.

The heads side of the coinThe inscription around the inner edge of the coinA state of a coin that shows no signs of circulation

 MintageAU50AU55AU58MS62MS63MS64MS65MS661955 6,336,000        1955-Y 11,109,600        1956 13,872,000        1956-Y 12,121,000        1957-Y 15,978,000        1958 10,012,800        1958-Y 14,428,000        1959 1,617,000        1959-Y 14,428,000        1960-Y 20,515,200        1961-Y 30,607,200        1962-Y 34,851,600        1963-Y 10,258,560        1964 10,000,000        1964-Y 54,590,000         MintagePR60RDPR61RDPR62RDPR63RDPR64RDPR65RDPR66RDPR67RD1955 Proof319        1955-Y Proof301        1956 Proof1,008        1956-Y Proof417        1957-Y Mirror Proof470        1957-Y Brilliant and Matte Proof642        1958 Proof1,506        1958-Y Proof1,028        1959 Proof1,506        1959-Y Proof1,030        1959 Proof SilverUnique        1960-Y Proof1,030        1961-Y Proof1,040        1962-Y Proof1,064        1963-Y Proof1,100        1964-Y Proof2         MintageSP63RDSP64RDSP65RDSP66RDSP67RD1955 Specimen1,105     1956 Specimen508     Values are in AUD and are retail price estimations based on past sales of coins certified by PCGS or NGC and as such values only related to such graded coins. Uncertified coins or coins graded by other services would likely be worth significantly less. For wholesale pricing please refer to the Red Sheet. While all attempts to ensure accurate pricing, data entry errors can occur and as such no warranty is expressed or implied as to the accuracy of any information published on this website. It is important to verify all published sales to ensure the accuracy of the pricing when making any purchase decision. Any personal information provided to us is protected by the Privacy Act 1988.