1951 Penny Reverse1951 Penny ObverseMintage21,240,000Reverse DesignerGeorge Kruger GrayObverse DesignerThomas H. PagetWeight9.45 gramsSize30.8 mmCountryAustraliaDateMM1951DenominationPennyVarietyGeorge VIPrefixMSWeight9.45Size30.8EdgePlainFace CurrencyAUDFace Value0.0083Mintage21240000CompositionCopper97.0%0.9700000286Zinc2.5%0.0250000004Tin0.5%0.0049999999Copper0.9700000286Zinc0.0250000004Tin0.0049999999Bullion Value10cThe Kangaroo design continued into this type, however after the independence of India in late 1947, 'IND IMP' needed to be omitted from the The heads side of the coinobverseobverse legend however it wasn't until 1949 that this was done. The The heads side of the coinobverseobverse stills features an uncrowned bust of King George VI facing to the left however the The inscription around the inner edge of the coinlegendlegend 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 A state of a coin that shows no signs of circulationmint statemint 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 A marking, usually a letter or dot that signifies which mint struck a particular coinmintmarkmintmark 'PL' after 'PENNY'. Coins sans a A marking, usually a letter or dot that signifies which mint struck a particular coinmintmarkmintmark were struck at the Melbourne mint.