Mintage:5,810,160 Figure shared with: General issue Double Dot Reverse Designer:W. H. J. BlakemoreObverse Designer:Sir E. B. MacKennelSize:31mmWeight:9.45gEdge:PlainComposition:97% Copper 2.5% Zinc 0.5% Tin
The 1919 dot below lower scroll variety of the Penny was struck in Australia. The exact
figure for the variety is unknown however across all three varieties the total
was 5,810,160. The year has three varieties that are differentiated by small beads located around the scrolls on the
reverse. The first variety has no dots, the second has a dot above the
top scroll and a dot below the lower scroll (double dot), the final variety features a single dot below the lower scroll.
The dot below 1919 appears to be the most common of the three varieties although mint-state examples still demand quite strong
The 1919 pennies minted in Melbourne and Sydney used dies from various sources: the London
Mint (completed dies), the Melbourne Mint (cloned dies
based on the London dies), and the Calcutta Mint (half-finished,
unhardened dies that were completed by the Melbourne Mint). The dot
below lower scroll variety shows variations in the position and size of the dot. The dot can be large or small and its position
is determined by its vertical distance from the scroll, as well as whether it is right, left, or in-line with the centre
of the scroll. What these dots indicate is a topic of debate with a key article by John Sharples from the Museum of Victoria
conceding that exactly what they indicate is unknown.
(John Sharples, 1985)
Dot is centred and close to the scroll
Dot is to the left and close to the scroll
Dot is to the left and halfway between the scroll and beads
Dot is to the right and close to the scroll
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