Mintage:4,490,400 Reverse Designer:George Kruger GrayObverse Designer:Thomas H. PagetSize:30.8mmWeight:9.45gEdge:PlainComposition:97% Copper 2.5% Zinc 0.5% Tin
The penny switched over to the Kruger Gray, or Kangaroo reverse in
1937, though no business strikes were issued until 1938, and continued with the design until 1952.
The design features a Kangaroo jumping to the left with AUSTRALIA around the top of the design, PENNY around the bottom,
and the year right above that, just behind the Kangaroo's legs. The obverse
features an uncrowned bust of King George VI facing to the left and the
legend, GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX
F : D : IND : IMP ('George VI, by the grace of god, Ruler and King of Britain, Defender of the Faith, Emperor of India')
and was used up until 1948 then changed because of the independence of India.
Date set collectors will have no problems completing the series with the key dates, the 1940-KG,
1944, 1946 and 1948-Y being readily available in lower grades though the 1946 tends to command reasonably strong prices.
In mint state, type set collectors would find best value in the 1938, 1947, and 1948 pennies. Pennies
in this series were struck at the Melbourne, Bombay and Perth
pennies feature a dot
after the 'Y' of PENNY and no dot before PENNY, whereas the Bombay
pennies featured both dots and also the
'I' under the bust on the obverse. All other pennies in the series
were struck at the Melbourne
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