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1951 Penny

George VI


1951 Penny Reverse1951 Penny Obverse Mintage21,240,000Reverse DesignerGeorge Kruger GrayObverse DesignerThomas H. PagetWeight9.45 gramsSize30.8 mmCountryAustraliaDateMM1951DenominationPennyVarietyGeorge VIPrefixMSWeight9.45Size30.8EdgePlainFace CurrencyAUDFace Value0.0083Mintage2124000011731951 PennyCompositionCopper97.0%0.9700000286Zinc2.5%0.0250000004Tin0.5%0.0049999999Copper0.9700000286Zinc0.0250000004Tin0.0049999999Bullion Value5c
The 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; this did not occur until 1949. The The heads side of the coinobverseobverse still features an uncrowned bust of King George VI facing to the left with the modified The inscription around the inner edge of the coinlegendlegend 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 onward 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 using the A marking, usually a letter or dot that signifies which mint struck a particular coinmintmarkmintmark 'PL' after PENNY. Coins without a A marking, usually a letter or dot that signifies which mint struck a particular coinmintmarkmintmark were struck at the Melbourne mint.


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