1 Penny - Elizabeth II 1st portrait

1 Penny - Elizabeth II (1st portrait) -  obverse1 Penny - Elizabeth II (1st portrait) -  reverse

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Features

Country New Zealand
Queen Elizabeth II (1952-date)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1953-1965
Value 1 Penny = 1/12 Shilling (1/240 NZP)
Currency Pound (1840-1967)
Composition Bronze
Weight 9.6 g
Diameter 31 mm
Thickness 1.7 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized Yes
Number N# 1591
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References KM# 24
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA.
And 4 more volumes.

Obverse

Young laureate bust of HM Queen Elizabeth II right, legend around.

Note: with or without shoulder strap (see below)

Lettering:
QUEEN·ELIZABETH·THE·SECOND +
M · G ·

Engraver: Mary Gillick

Mary Gillick was a sculptor best known for her effigy of Elizabeth II used on coinage in the United Kingdom and elsewhere from 1953 to 1970.

Reverse

Tui Bird (Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae, Māori name: tūī) standing in the branches of a kōwhai tree (Sophora sp.) with legend around and date below.

Lettering:
NEW ZEALAND · ONE PENNY
· 1964 ·

Engraver: L.C. Mitchell

Edge

Plain

Comments

The BU Uncirculated Sets issued in 1965, which was the last year of minting of the pre-decimal coins, came in three different versions.

The Pink Label Set included just ordinary circulation coins that had not gone into circulation.
The Green Label Set included selected circulation coins that had not gone into circulation.
Together the Pink & Green Label sets had a mintage figure of 175,000 in total.

The Blue Label Set included special selected and polished uncirculated coins. Sometimes described as "Prooflike".
The Blue Label set had a mintage of 25,000 in total.  

Obverse die varieties:

KM#24.1 (1953-56) no shoulder strap;
KM#24.2 (1956-65) with shoulder strap.

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1953  2 407 000 0.47 1.19 13% KM# 24.1
1953  0.4% KM# 24.1; Matte Proof
1953  1.0% KM# 24.1; Proof
1954  1 080 000 2.78 7% KM# 24.1
1954  0.4% KM# 24.1; Proof
1955  3 720 000 0.69 1.97 14% KM# 24.1
1955  0.4% KM# 24.1; Proof
1956  50 000 1.78 2.19 9% KM# 24.1; No shoulder strap, scarce variety
1956  0.4% KM# 24.2; Proof
1956  3 600 000 2.37 5% KM# 24.2; With shoulder strap
1957  2 400 000 1.19 2.25 10% KM# 24.2
1957  0.3% KM# 24.2; Proof
1958  10 800 000 0.39 0.64 2.37 1.25 26% KM# 24.2
1958  0.4% KM# 24.2; Proof
1959  8 400 000 1.19 1.13 2.37 3.32 22% KM# 24.2
1959  0.3% KM# 24.2; Proof
1960  7 200 000 1.26 2.11 3.20 19% KM# 24.2
1960  0.2% KM# 24.2; Proof
1961  7 200 000 0.76 1.19 1.38 18% KM# 24.2
1961  0.4% KM# 24.2; Proof
1962  6 000 000 1.19 2.25 2.97 15% KM# 24.2
1962  0.4% KM# 24.2; Proof
1963  2 400 000 0.44 1.19 13% KM# 24.2
1963  0.3% KM# 24.2; Proof
1964  18 000 000 1.07 0.59 0.59 0.97 1.03 1.19 34% KM# 24.2
1964  0.6% KM# 24.2; Proof
1965  175 000 2.37 3.45 8% KM# 24.2; BU Year Set
1965  10 0.4% KM# 24.2; Proof
1965  25 000 2% KM# 24.2; Prooflike

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