Mintage:363,000 Reverse Designer:George Kruger GrayObverse Designer:Thomas H. PagetSize:30.8mmWeight:9.45gEdge:PlainComposition:97% Copper 2.5% Zinc 0.5% Tin
The 1946 penny is the key date of the George VI penny series in circulated condition and the
third scarcest in top grades, after the 1940-KG penny and the 1948-Y Penny.The year's scarcity originates from its low mintage of 363,000 pieces, less than 1/50th of the average mintage
during the wartime years. From 1942 to 1945, Australia saw a great number of American troops stationed in Australia resulting
in the addition need for circulating currency. To meet this need, Australia sought help from the San Francisco and Denver
mints to strike silver coins and the Bombay mint to strike its
copper. Towards the conclusion of World War II, with the American forces leaving Australia, Australia found itself with an
oversupply of circulating currency and consequently had no significant need for more circulating coins. This was especially
true for pennies, with well over 100 million pennies being struck in preceding wartime years. This resulted in the year's
With Australian forces occupying Japan, a large percentage of 1946 pennies were sent to Australian troops stationed in
Japan further increasing their rarity
making the 1946 penny one of the last gaps to fill in any penny collector's set. The date is usually found circulated around the XF level and gets quite scarce into the mid AU grades. In mint state it is almost always found a dull brown with examples that show any original mint brilliance being very scarce.
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