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Australia George VI

1949  Penny reverse 1949  Penny obverse

1949 Penny

Mintage:27,064,800
Reverse Designer:George Kruger Gray Obverse Designer:Thomas H. Paget Size:31mm Weight:9.45g Edge:Plain Composition:97% Copper
2.5% Zinc
0.5% Tin

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Sales History

The Kangaroo design continued into this type, however, after the independence of India in late 1947, IND IMP needed to be omitted from the obverse legend; this did not occur until 1949. The obverse still features an uncrowned bust of King George VI facing to the left with the modified legend GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX FIDEI DEF. ('George VI, by the grace of god, Ruler and King of Britain, Defender of the Faith') and was used up until the end of George VI's reign in 1952.

The series is relatively easy to complete, however, the Perth mint issues, the 1950-Y, 1951-Y and 1952-A, are quite difficult to find in mint state especially if sought with a good strike. Type set collectors would best aim for 1951-PL which is almost always well struck up and, unlike its silver counterparts of higher denominations, the surfaces tend to be in a lot better condition permitting higher grades.The Perth mint struck pennies in all years from 1950 onward which is signified by a dot after the 'Y' of PENNY or a dot after the 'A' of AUSTRALIA in the case of the 1952. In 1951 the London mint helped strike the mintage for the year using the mintmark 'PL' after PENNY. Coins without a mintmark were struck at the Melbourne mint.

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