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Australia George V

1915  Penny reverse 1915  Penny obverse

1915 Penny

Mintage:960,000
Reverse Designer:W. H. J. Blakemore Obverse Designer:Sir E. B. MacKennel Size:30.8mm Weight:9.45g Edge:Plain Composition:97% Copper
2.5% Zinc
0.5% Tin

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The George V Penny series, lasting throughout George V's reign from 1911 to 1936, features a partitioned, circular reverse design with COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA around the outer ring with the year at the bottom and ONE PENNY within the inner ring. The obverse features the crowned bust of King George V facing to the left and the legend, GEORGIVS V D.G. BRITT : OMN : REX F. D. IND : IMP (George V, by the grace of god, Ruler and King of Britain, Defender of the Faith, Emperor of India).

Like most George V series, this a very popular series to collect. In lower grade, all dates can be acquired at reasonable expense excluding the 1930 Penny. Type set collectors would do well aiming for the 1911, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936 for good strikes, the 1911 especially as it is often found with full mint brilliance. This series was struck at the London, Heaton, Bombay, Sydney and Melbourne mints. From 1911 to 1915 the London mint struck the pennies unless they bear the mintmark H under the lower scroll on the reverse, which indicates they were struck at the Heaton mint.

From 1916 to 1918 the Calcutta mint struck pennies bearing the mintmark I under the lower scroll on the reverse. From 1920 to 1924 and 1926 the Sydney mint struck pennies in conjunction with the Melbourne mint, which is only differentiated by the 1920 dot above and dot below which were struck at the Sydney and Melbourne mints respectively. The rest of the series was struck by the Melbourne mint.

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