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1951 Penny

The Kangaroo design continued into this type, however after the independence of India in late 1947, 'IND IMP' needed to be omitted from the
obverse legend however it wasn't until 1949 that this was done. The
obverse stills features an uncrowned bust of King George VI facing to the left however the
legend changed to, 'GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX FIDEI DEF.' ('George VI, by the grace of god, Ruler and King of Britain, Defender of the Faith') and was used up until the end of George VI's reign in 1952.

The series is relatively easy to complete however the Perth mint issues, the 1950-Y, 1951-Y and 1952-A are quite difficult to find in
mint state especially if sought with a good strike. Type set collectors would best aim for 1951-PL which is almost always well struck up and unlike its silver counterparts of higher denominations, the surfaces tend to be in a lot better condition permitting higher grades.

The Perth mint struck pennies in all years from 1950 onwards which is signified by a dot after the 'Y' of 'PENNY' or a dot after the 'A' of 'AUSTRALIA' in the case of the 1952. In 1951 the London mint helped strike the mintage for the year with the
mintmark 'PL' after 'PENNY'. Coins sans a
mintmark were struck at the Melbourne mint.
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Reverse Designer
George Kruger Gray
Obverse Designer
Thomas H. Paget
30.8 mm
Copper: 97%
Zinc: 2.5%
Tin: 0.5%
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1951  Penny Reverse

1951  Penny Reverse


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Australia George VI - 1951 Penny Current Bid: $1.00 (1 bid)
Estimate: $40 - $48
Bidders: 1
Lot 8777 Uncertified Uncirculated 20 days
NumisBid Auction #32
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09-May-2014 7:00 PM AEST
Walter Eigner Pty Ltd
Location: Melbourne, VIC
Member Since: Jul-2013
Australia George VI - 1951 Penny Current Bid: $8.00 (3 bids)
Estimate: $40 - $48
Bidders: 2
Lot 8778 Uncertified Uncirculated 41 days
NumisBid Auction #33
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30-May-2014 7:00 PM AEST
Walter Eigner Pty Ltd
Location: Melbourne, VIC
Member Since: Jul-2013

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  • 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
  • mintmark - A marking, usually a letter or dot that signifies which mint struck a particular coin

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