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1919 Penny

George V


The George V Penny series, lasting throughout George V's reign from 1911 to 1936, features a partitioned, circular reverse design with COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA around the outer ring with the year at the bottom and ONE PENNY within the inner ring. The obverse features the crowned bust of King George V facing to the left and the legend, GEORGIVS V D.G. BRITT : OMN : REX F. D. IND : IMP ( George V, by the grace of god, Ruler and King of Britain, Defender of the Faith, Emperor of India ).

Like most George V series, this a very popular series to collect. In lower grade, all dates can be acquired at reasonable expense excluding the 1930 Penny. Type set collectors would do well aiming for the 1911, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936 for good strikes, the 1911 especially as it is often found with full mint brilliance. This series was struck at the London, Heaton, Bombay, Sydney and Melbourne mints . From 1911 to 1915 the London mint struck the pennies unless they bear the mintmark H under the lower scroll on the reverse, which indicates they were struck at the Heaton mint. From 1916 to 1918 the Calcutta mint struck pennies bearing the mintmark I under the lower scroll on the reverse. From 1920 to 1924 and 1926 the Sydney mint struck pennies in conjunction with the with the Melbourne mint, which is only differentiable in the 1920 dot above and dot below which were struck at the Sydney and Melbourne mints respectively. The rest of the series was struck by the Melbourne mint.

The 1919 pennies minted in Melbourne and Sydney used dies from various sources: the London mint (completed dies), the Melbourne mint (cloned dies based on the London dies), and the Calcutta mint (half-finished, unhardened dies that were completed by the Melbourne mint) (Lever, F, 2013). Examples of this type can show no dots, dot below lower scroll, and double dot.

No dots: no dot above upper scroll

No dots: no dot below lower scroll

Dot below lower scroll and Double dot: dot below lower scroll

Double dot: dot above upper scroll

There are also variations in the date placement, the second '9' can be normal or tilt left or right.

Normal '9

'9' tilts left

'9' tilts right

; and the shape of date numerals, mostly seen in the feet of the '1s' which are curved or flat, as well as the size of the second '1' (Lever, F, 2013) .

Flat feet in the '1s'

First '1' shows flat foot; second '1' shows a curved foot

Curved feet in the '1s'

The heads side of the coinThe inscription around the inner edge of the coinThe original golden-red-orange-pink colour of a copper coinA marking, usually a letter or dot that signifies which mint struck a particular coinThe tails side of the coin(Lever, F, 2013)(Lever, F, 2013)

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