Mintage:5,810,160 Figure shared with: General issue Dot Below Lower Scroll 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 double dot penny variety was struck in Australia. The exact
figure for the variety is unknown however it has an estimated
of only 20,000 to 40,000 pieces. 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 featuresa single dot below the
lower scroll. The double dot is by far the most scarce of the varieties and demands very high prices across all grades as
a result. Where the coin becomes rare is in top grades with only two known examples that display mint lustre, one of which
sold in IAG Auction 72 for $12,230.
(Sterling & Currency, 2010)
Double dots on a 1919 Double Dot Penny.
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)
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