Mintage:1,320,000 Reverse Designer:W. H. J. BlakemoreObverse Designer:Sir E. B. MacKennelSize:31mmWeight:9.45gEdge:PlainComposition:97% Copper 2.5% Zinc 0.5% Tin
The 1915-H Penny was struck at the Heaton & Sons Mint with a total
of 1,320,000. In the same year a further 960,000 pieces were struck at the Royal
Mint in London. The Heaton & Sons piece can be differentiated by a small 'H' mint-mark located under the lower
scroll on the reverse (see image below). This
was relatively low within the wider series and as a result the year is reasonably expensive, particularly within in mint-state.
Heaton & Sons 'H' mint-mark on the reverse of a 1915-H Penny.
After the introduction of Australia's first official coinage in 1911 the demand for coins quickly outstripped the supply
by the Royal Mint. This caused a substantial shortage that would
intensify and abate for almost a decade. The extraordinary demand for coins can be attributed to larger trends of economic
growth as well as smaller events such as the rise of slot machines and penny gas meters. Despite the best efforts of the
Royal Mint in London they could not meet demand so they were forced to enlist the assistance of the private mint to Heaton
& Sons based in Birmingham on multiple occasions.
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