1925 Penny Reverse1925 Penny ObverseMintageOnly 117,600 pieces were dated 1925, the rest were dated 1924949,600Reverse DesignerW. H. J. BlakemoreObverse DesignerSir E. B. MacKennelWeight9.45 gramsSize30.8 mmCountryAustraliaDateMM1925DenominationPennyVarietyGeorge VPrefixMSWeight9.4499996076Size30.8EdgePlainFace CurrencyAUDFace Value0.0083Mintage949600Mintage InfoOnly 117,600 pieces were dated 1925, the rest were dated 1924CompositionCopper97.0%0.9700000286Zinc2.5%0.0250000004Tin0.5%0.0049999999Copper0.9700000286Zinc0.0250000004Tin0.0049999999Bullion Value5cThe 1925 penny is a A difficult date to acquire in any grade, hence being the key to a serieskey datekey date of the penny series, after Australia's glamor coin, the 1930 penny 1930 Penny1123(learn more). A total of 117,600 pennies were struck at the Melbourne a facility that produces coinsmintmint that year, along with 832,000 pennies at the Sydney a facility that produces coinsmintmint indicating a total The number of coins struck of a particular designationmintagemintage of 949,600 coins. The soon to close Sydney a facility that produces coinsmintmint however, struck pennies that year using 1924 dies and consequently only 117,600 pennies were struck with the date of 1925 (Triton Technologies International Ltd, 2001)89WebsiteTriton Technologies International Ltd1925 PennySaxton, J3/25/2001http://www.triton.vg/P25.html9/27/2010 3:24:33 AM making it the 2nd scarcest A coin struck for circulationbusiness strikebusiness strike penny (aside from A coin which features a slightly different design from that which is normally seenvarietiesvariety).
The 1925 penny is keenly sought after in all grades due to the popularity of assembling penny sets but in recent times has enjoyed much stronger demand brought about by speculating collectors hoarding the date in order to benefit from collectors eventually needing to source the date to help complete their collections.
While 1925 pennies do appear at auction described as bring uncirculated several times per year, very few of these coins are actually able to be certified at the A state of a coin that shows no signs of circulationmint statemint state level and in general either no grade for cleaning, or slab at the AU55-58 level. Consequently they are highly sought after in A state of a coin that shows no signs of circulationmint statemint state slabs with PCGS only having certified two examples (PCGS Population Report, 2010)88WebsitePCGS Population ReportAustraliaPCGS9/27/2010http://www.pcgs.com/pop/detail.aspx?c=25409/27/2010 3:19:53 AM.
With such a low The number of coins struck of a particular designationmintagemintage and having been struck at a single a facility that produces coinsmintmint, the likelihood of A coin which features a slightly different design from that which is normally seenvarietiesvariety existing is very low. Despite this, one A coin which features a slightly different design from that which is normally seenvarietyvariety has been sighted which involves a broken second 'N' in 'PENNY' (Triton Technologies International Ltd, 2001)89WebsiteTriton Technologies International Ltd1925 PennySaxton, J3/25/2001http://www.triton.vg/P25.html9/27/2010 3:24:33 AM. This is most likely some form of Filling of a device on the die with residue, usually oil from die cleaning, causing parts of the design not to be complete when the coin is struckdie filldie fill which occurs in later strikes and consequently only commands small premiums in lower grades.
Broken 'N' in 'PENNY'
In 1925 the Melbourne mint also produced a A coin struck from specially prepared dies to strike a superior quality coin not intended for circulationproofproof penny 1925 Proof Penny1112(learn more).