Mintage:27,830,800 Reverse Designer:George Kruger GrayObverse Designer:Thomas H. PagetSize:31mmWeight:9.45gEdge:PlainComposition:97% Copper 2.5% Zinc 0.5% Tin
In 1944 the Perth mint struck just shy of 28 million pennies to
assist with the increased currency circulation brought about by foreign troops stationed in Australia. This was in addition
to just 2 million pennies produced by the Melbourne mint. The date
is easy to acquire in circulated grades although while readily obtainable in mint state, finding
the piece above MS64 can be quite a challenge with characteristic poor strike depth and
fields. The Perth mint 1944 penny is differentiated from the
Melbourne mint issue by a small dot after the Y in PENNY on the reverse :
Dot mintmark after Y in 1944 Perth Mint Penny
The Melbourne mint issue is by far the scarcer issue with mintage of only 2 million, compared with the Perth mint's 27
million though above MS64 the Perth mint issue is near impossible to source while the characteristic strong strike of the
Melbourne mint issue makes it relatively easy to source.
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