The 1912-H Penny was struck at the Heaton & Sons
After the introduction of Australia's first official coinage in 1911 a shortage quickly emerged. The extraordinary demand for coins can be attributed to larger trends of economic growth as well as smaller events such as the rise of slot machines and penny gas meters. Despite the best efforts of the Royal
The pennies struck at Heaton & Sons in 1912 attracted some odd attention in the Australian Media. One newspaper article claimed that a number of the coins were slightly oversized. It was claimed that these larger sizes were causing issues as they were "...found to stick in the penny-in-the-slot machines and gas meters."(Nepean Times, 1913) This apparent issue was reported in a number of newspapers however the truth of the claim is difficult to verify.(The Maitland Daily Mercury, 1913) It is possible that the issue did exist and that light circulation quickly removed the minor variation in sizes.