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1959 Penny

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
legend, 'ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA F:D', ('Elizabeth II, by the grace of god, queen, defender of the faith'), 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 though they do turn up from time to time.

The series was struck by both the Melbourne and Perth
mints with the Perth minted pennies featuring a dot after the 'Y' of 'PENNY'.
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Reverse Designer
George Kruger Gray
Obverse Designer
Mary Gillick
30.8 mm
Copper: 97%
Zinc: 2.5%
Tin: 0.5%
Bullion Value
1959  Penny Reverse

1959  Penny Reverse


Grade Value AUD
AU50 $1
AU55 $2
AU58 $5
MS62BN $44
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  • decimal currency - Currency based on units of a multiple of 10
  • obverse - The heads side of the coin
  • legend - The inscription around the inner edge of the coin
  • mint state - A state of a coin that shows no signs of circulation
  • mint - a facility that produces coins

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