1959 Penny Reverse1959 Penny ObverseMintage1,617,000Reverse DesignerGeorge Kruger GrayObverse DesignerMary GillickWeight9.45 gramsSize30.8 mmCountryAustraliaDateMM1959DenominationPennyVarietyElizabeth IIPrefixMSWeight9.45Size30.8EdgePlainFace CurrencyAUDFace Value0.0083Mintage1617000CompositionCopper97.0%0.9700000286Zinc2.5%0.0250000004Tin0.5%0.0049999999Copper0.9700000286Zinc0.0250000004Tin0.0049999999Bullion Value10cThe Kangaroo design continued into this type right until the introduction of Currency based on units of a multiple of 10decimal currencydecimal currency with the conclusion of the penny series in 1964. This type features a slightly reworded The heads side of the coinobverseobverseThe inscription around the inner edge of the coinlegendlegend, '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 A state of a coin that shows no signs of circulationmint statemint state though the 1959 plain from the Melbourne a facility that produces coinsmintmint 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 a facility that produces coinsmintsmint with the Perth minted pennies featuring a dot after the 'Y' of 'PENNY'.