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Square Trials

1919 - 21

Between 1919 and 1921 a number of square penny and half penny pieces were produced as trials. The coins were part of an initiative to find alternatives to the existing penny and half penny. They featured a Kookaburra design and were distributed only to government officials and selected members of the public. The total mintage for all thirteen types was only 200.

Mint authorities began working to alter the design and composition of Australia's pennies and half-pennies. The new coins were to be produced from nickel on a square planchet in order to reduce confusion between them and the silver coins in use.(The Gloucester Advocate (NSW), 1920) The design for these new coins was based around a Kookaburra. These designs were effectively completed with reports stating that the "...latest sample is said to be faultless as an artistic production."(The South-Western News, 1920) On these trial pieces special permission was gained from Royal authorities for the obverse to feature King George V without his crown. This choice was made as it was felt that a crown made the small coins cramped and unattractive. Even without the crown the obverse seemed to cause the largest trouble with many unsatisfied with the profile and legend on the square piece. Despite bills be drafted to introduce the new coins the designs were never fully accepted and the project was suspended and eventually discarded.

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Half Penny1920 - 21Penny1919 - 21
Values for higher grade coins are only available with a subscription, for subscription options, please click here.  MintageSP631920 Type 1Half PennyUnknown 1920 Type 1aHalf PennyUnknown 1921 Type 2Half PennyUnknown 1919 Type 3PennyUnknown 1919 Type 3aPennyUnknown 1919 Type 4PennyUnknown 1919 Type 4aPennyUnknown 1919 Type 5aPennyUnknown 1919 Type 6PennyUnknown 1919 Type 6aPennyUnknown 1920 Type 7PennyUnknown79,0001920 Type 7aPennyUnknown 1920 Type 8PennyUnknown 1920 Type 9PennyUnknown 1920 Type 10PennyUnknown 1920 Type 13PennyUnknown 1921 Type 11PennyUnknown96,0001921 Type 11aPennyUnknown 1921 Type 12PennyUnknown49,0001919 Type 5PennyUnknown 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.