|King||George V (1910-1936)|
|Value||1 Penny (1/240)|
|Shape||Square with rounded corners|
|Orientation||Medal alignment ↑↑|
Uncrowned head of King George facing left; circle legend with date below with ornamental stop before and after the date
GEORGIVS V D.G.BRITT:OMN:REX
Translation: George V by the Grace of God, King of all the British territories
Engraver: Douglas Richardson
Shows the only known style with the tail feathers of the kookaburra pointing upwards
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.
"Ref" 2017 Pocket Guide to Australian Coins and Banknotes By Greg McDonald, 23rd Edition, p105
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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