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1 Penny - George VI

Features

Country South Africa
King George VI (1936-1952)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1937-1947
Value 1 Penny = 1/12 Shilling = 1/240 Pound (1/240)
Composition Copper
Weight 9.45 g
Diameter 31.0 mm
Thickness 2.04 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized 03-31-1961
References KM# 25, Hern# S97-107
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)
Hern's Handbook on South African Coins and Patterns
by Brian Hern
(JD Numismatic Corporation)

Obverse

Portrait of George VI, King of United Kingdom, Great Britain, Northern Ireland and other dominions of the Commonwealth from 1936 to 1952

Lettering:
GEORGIVS VI REX IMPERATOR
HP

Engraver: Thomas Humphrey Paget

Thomas Humphrey Paget OBE was an English medal and coin designer and modeller. Paget's designs are indicated by the initials 'HP'. Paget was first approached by the Royal Mint in 1936 after the accession of King Edward VIII. Paget's recommendation had come via his earlier design for the obverse of a medal featuring the then-Prince of Wales.

Reverse

A ship, 'Dromedaris', sailing to right, legend in English and Afrikaans either side, with date above and denomination below

Lettering:
SOUTH·AFRICA·1937·SUID-AFRIKA
KG
1D.

Engraver: George Kruger Gray

George Kruger Gray was an English artist, best remembered for his designs of coinage and stained glass windows.

Edge

Smooth

Comments

The Dromedaris is one of the three vessels which brought Jan van Riebeeck and his small group of settlers to South Africa from Holland in 1652 in order to establish a refreshment station on behalf of the Dutch East India Company

1940 and 1942 coins without the star after the date

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
1937  3,281,046 1.06 Hern#S97
1937  116 Hern#S97; Proof
1938  1,849,501 1.32 1.89 Hern#S98
1938  44 Hern#S98; Proof
1939  1,505,782 1.78 Hern#S99
1939  30 Hern#S99; Proof
1940  3,591,840 1.11 1.42 Hern#S100
1940  4.24 Hern#S100; without star after date
1941  7,870,735 1.04 1.62 1.19 Hern#S101
1942  14,427,779 0.70 1.15 1.26 Hern#S102
1942  Hern#S102; without star after date
1943  4,010,040 0.83 Hern#S103
1943  104 Hern#S103; Proof
1944  6,424,699 1.83 Hern#S104
1944  150 Hern#S104; Proof
1945  4,809,723 1.84 Hern#S105
1945  150 Hern#S105; Proof
1946  2,605,153 1.66 Hern#S106
1946  150 Hern#S106; Proof
1947  135,297 Hern#S107
1947  2,600 Hern#S107; Proof

Values in the table above are expressed in USD. They are based on evaluations by Numista users and sales realized on Internet platforms. They serve as a measure, but they are not intended to be relied upon for buying, selling or exchanging coins. Numista does not buy or sell coins.

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