Mintage:2,112,000 Reverse Designer:George Kruger GrayObverse Designer:Thomas H. PagetSize:31mmWeight:9.45gEdge:PlainComposition:97% Copper 2.5% Zinc 0.5% Tin
The 1944 penny was struck at the Melbourne mint and is one of
the semi- key dates of the George VI penny series with a relatively low
of about 2 million coins. In lower grades its reasonably difficult to acquire but can still be found in dealer's junk
boxes. In mint state the date can be quite difficult to acquire although characteristic strong
strikes do permit higher mint state grades. In 1944 the Perth
mint also struck pennies bearing dot
after the Y of PENNY as below:
Dot mintmark after Y on 1944-Y Penny
The Melbourne mint penny does not display this dot mint mark and while generally scarcer than the 1944 Perth mint penny
though in higher mint state grades the Perth mint penny is practically
impossible to source.
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