1 Penny - Edward VIII Pattern
|King||Edward VIII (1936)|
|Value||1 Penny (1/240)|
|Orientation||Medal alignment ↑↑|
Kangaroo facing left
MintRoyal Mint, London, United Kingdom
Known as Australia's rarest penny, the 1937 Pattern Penny is one of the nation's most important coins. It was struck at the Royal Mint in London as part of the Great Recoinage - a complete revision of Australia's currency originally planned for the first coinage issue of Edward VIII, who abdicated in 1936. (9 to 14 examples known)
This pattern was the first coin to feature what would become the reverse of the Australian penny coins until 1964. The "regular" coin is double-sided. Uniface varieties exist. All coins were proofs.
Some coins were initially struck with an effigy of Edward VIII, which was removed after his abdication and the word "MODEL" struck instead.
A small number of other specimens were then struck with the effigy of King George VI:
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