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1 Penny - George V Kookaburra Pattern - Type 11 (Renniks 13)

Features

Country Australia
Type Pattern
Year 1921
Value 1 Penny (1/240)
Composition Copper-nickel
Weight 3.88 g
Diameter 72 mm
Shape Square
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized Yes
References KM# Pn22
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)

Obverse

Uncrowned head of King George facing left; circle legend with date below with ornamental stop before and after the date

Lettering:
GEORGIVS V D.G.BRITT:OMN:REX
1921

Translation: George V by the Grace of God, King of all the British territories

Engraver: Douglas Richardson

Reverse

Shows the only known style with the tail feathers of the kookaburra pointing upwards

Lettering:
AUSTRALIA
ONE PENNY

Edge

Plain

Comments

Type: M11 / R13

This perversely unknown type caused a sensation when it was discovered during a stocktake at the Science Museum of Victoria in the 1970s. The two known examples are believed to be from the former property of H.M. Le Souef, the late Deputy Master of the Melbourne Mint who left much of his collection to the museum.
2014 Pocket Guide to Australian Coins and Banknotes By Greg McDonald, 21st Edition, p108

Dies prepared by the Royal Mint, London

Between 1919 and 1921 a series of experiments were undertaken for a square coinage in nickel to replace the large bronze penny and halfpenny coins.

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1 Penny - George V (Kookaburra Pattern - Type 11 (Renniks 13))