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1945-Y Proof Penny

The penny switched over to the Kruger Gray, or Kangaroo reverse in 1937, though no business strikes were issued until 1938, and continued with the design until 1952. The design features a Kangaroo jumping to the left with AUSTRALIA around the top of the design, PENNY around the bottom, and the year right above that, just behind the Kangaroo's legs. The obverse features an uncrowned bust of King George VI facing to the left and the legend, GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND ...

1937 Uniface Pattern Penny

The penny switched over to the Kruger Gray, or Kangaroo reverse in 1937, though no business strikes were issued until 1938, and continued with the design until 1952. The design features a Kangaroo jumping to the left with AUSTRALIA around the top of the design, PENNY around the bottom, and the year right above that, just behind the Kangaroo's legs. The obverse features an uncrowned bust of King George VI facing to the left and the legend, GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND ...

2011 Proof One Dollar

The Royal Australian Mint has produced a silver kangaroo piece every year since 1993. This piece was designed by W. Pietranik and features two allied rock-wallabies. The reverse legend states

1967 Ten Cent

The Type I ten cent was issued from 1966 to 1984 with an additional proof striking in silver in 2006 as part of the 40th anniversary of decimal coinage set. The obverse features the Arnold Machin portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II and the reverse features Stuart Devlin's lyrebird design. Devlin's initials can be found to the right of the birds foot. Initials of designer Stuart Devlin on a 1970 Proof Ten Cent piece. The issue was struck at the Royal ...

1916-S Half Sovereign

Half sovereigns were struck at the Sydney, Melbourne and Perth mints from 1911 to 1920. Despite the relatively high proportion of surviving coins in AU or better, in recent times they have become difficult to acquire in true mint state condition, and beyond that very difficult, often being the victim of harsh cleaning or jewellery mounting. The George V half sovereign series was the sixth and final half sovereign series to be struck at Australian mints. The obverse, designed by Sir Edgar Bertram ...

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