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1 Penny - George V

Features

Country United Kingdom
King George V (1910-1936)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1911-1926
Value 1 Penny = 1/12 Shilling (1/240 LSD)
Composition Bronze
Weight 9.45 g
Diameter 30.8 mm
Thickness 1.6 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized 08-31-1971
References KM# 810, Sp# 4051-3
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)
Coins of England & the United Kingdom
by Philip Skingley
(Spink)

Obverse

Uncrowned portrait of King George V facing left, legend around

Lettering:
GEORGIVS V DEI GRA:BRITT:OMN:REX FID:DEF:IND:IMP:
B.M.

Translation: George the Fifth by the Grace of God King of all the Britons Defender of the Faith Emperor of India

Engraver: Edgar Bertram MacKennal

Sir Edgar Bertram Mackennal, KCVO, usually known as Bertram Mackennal, was an Australian sculptor, most famous for designing the coinage and stamps bearing the likeness of King George V. Signature: "BM".

Reverse

Seated figure of Britannia right, with trident in left hand and shield bearing the Union flag in right, sea behind, denomination above and date in exergue.

Lettering:
ONE PENNY
1919
H

Engraver: Leonard Charles Wyon

Leonard Charles Wyon was a British engraver of the Victorian era most notable for his work on the gold and silver coinage struck for the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1887 and the bronze coinage of 1860 with the second head portrait, in use from 1860 to 1894.

Edge

Plain

1 Penny - George V

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Comments

The standard weight of these pieces was 48 to the pound avoirdupois (1/3 ounce or 145.8 grains).

1911 varieties: Two obverse varieties exist for the 1911 dated issues. We are indebted to Declan Magee Coins and Numista member Sjoelund for the image below indicating the differences.


Mintmark varieties 1912, 1918, 1919: There are mintmarks on some coins (1912H 1918H 1918KN 1919H 1919KN) to left of date.

"H" mintmark struck at Ralph Heaton & Sons, Birmingham - Sp#4052
"KN" mintmark struck at Kings Norton Metal Company, Birmingham - Sp#4053
All other issues struck at Royal Mint, Tower Hill, London - Sp#4051

1913 varieties: Obverse and reverse varieties exist for the 1913 dated issues. We are indebted to Declan Magee Coins and Numista member Sjoelund for the image below indicating the differences.


1922 variety: In 1922 a rare variety is 'Reverse of 1927' which has three noticeable features where (1927 type on right of image) the teeth on reverse are longer, the thumb on the shield is shorter, and the shield is further away from the edge so creating a longer horizon.


1926 varieties Two obverse varieties exist for the 1926 dated issues. We are indebted to Declan Magee Coins and Numista member Sjoelund for the image below indicating the differences.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
1911  23,079,100 0.24 0.52 0.78 2.43 1.12 Sp#4051 (obverse varieties exist)
1912  48,306,000 0.11 0.28 0.80 1.11 1.90 Sp#4051
1912 H 16,800,000 0.67 0.68 1.18 Sp#4052
1913  65,497,800 0.69 0.53 0.89 1.30 3.73 Sp#4051 (obverse and reverse varieties exist)
1914  50,820,900 1.60 0.44 1.11 1.11 Sp#4051
1915  47,310,800 0.29 0.83 1.66 Sp#4051
1916  86,411,100 0.24 0.55 0.89 1.07 Sp#4051
1917  107,905,400 0.74 0.50 0.83 1.11 9.83 Sp#4051
1918  84,227,300 0.27 0.52 0.75 1.25 Sp#4051
1918 H 2,573,000 2.22 10.25 Sp#4052
1918 KN 1,087,800 4.99 79.96 Sp#4053
1919  113,761,000 0.11 0.48 0.74 1.11 9.97 Sp#4051
1919 H 4,526,000 1.41 2.27 3.24 2.17 Sp#4052
1919 KN 683,600 Sp#4053
1920  124,693,400 0.24 0.31 0.89 0.97 9.97 Sp#4051
1921  129,717,600 0.32 0.49 0.67 0.98 10.81 Sp#4051
1922  Reverse of 1927
1922  2 Reverse of 1927; Specimen
1922  16,346,700 1.03 1.61 15.40 Sp#4051
1926  4,498,500 2.32 5.59 Sp#4051; mintage incl. KM#826, Sp#4054
1926  Sp#4051; Proof

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