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1920 Penny

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.
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Reverse Designer
W. H. J. Blakemore
Obverse Designer
Sir E. B. MacKennel
30.8 mm
Copper: 97%
Zinc: 2.5%
Tin: 0.5%
Bullion Value
1920  Penny Reverse

1920  Penny Reverse


Grade Value AUD
F12 $14
VF20 $80
VF30 $150
VF35 $180
XF40 $220
AU50 $2050
AU55 $3700
AU58 $7000
MS61BN $13.5K
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  • obverse - The heads side of the coin
  • legend - The inscription around the inner edge of the coin
  • mint brilliance - The original golden-red-orange-pink colour of a copper coin
  • mintmark - A marking, usually a letter or dot that signifies which mint struck a particular coin
  • reverse - The tails side of the coin

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