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1 Penny - George VI with 'IND:IMP'

1 Penny - George VI (with 'IND:IMP') -  obverse 1 Penny - George VI (with 'IND:IMP') -  reverse

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Features

Country United Kingdom
King George VI (1936-1952)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1937-1948
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# 845, Sp# 4114
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 VI left, legend around.

Note: with title 'IND:IMP'

Lettering:
GEORGIVS VI D:G:BR:OMN:REX F:D:IND:IMP.
HP

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

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

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

Lettering:
ONE PENNY
1948

Engraver: Charles Walter Coombes

Edge

Plain

Comments

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

1937 obverse and reverse die varieties:
Obv 1 P of IMP at a tooth, I of IMP to the left of a tooth, : before IMP nearly at a tooth, dot after IMP is small;
Obv 2 P of IMP to the right of a tooth, I of IMP to the right of a tooth, : before IMP between teeth, dot after IMP is larger;
Rev A Right leg of 2nd N in PENNY at a tooth, sea level on right at a tooth, longer teeth;
Rev B Right leg of both Ns in PENNY between teeth, sea level on right slightly above a tooth, shorter teeth;

1940 reverse die varieties:
Rev B Single exergue line (11.6%)
Rev C Double exergue line (88.4%)

1944 reverse die varieties:
Note the differing positions of the last 4 in the date, relative to the wave above.

1946 reverse die varieties:
Although not a genuine variety by any definition, the 'dot' penny die flaw has crept into most reference books;

Not a published variety but straight and wavy exergue line varieties observed by Numista member ALLRED1950;


Images above are reproduced with kind permission of
Numista member Sjoelund and Declan Magee Coins

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
1937  4 Matte Proof
1937  88,896,000 0.14 0.33 0.49 0.90 1.12 5.11 obv & rev varieties exist
1937  26,400 Proof
1938  121,560,000 0.79 0.21 0.57 0.56 1.21 5.33
1938  Proof
1939  55,560,000 0.44 0.46 0.56 1.12
1939  Proof
1940  Proof
1940  42,284,400 0.48 0.43 0.79 6.30 17.30 rev varieties exist
1944  Proof
1944  42,600,000 0.70 0.74 3.19 rev varieties exist
1945  79,531,200 1.74 0.19 0.56 0.62 3.91
1945  Proof
1946  Proof
1946  66,355,600 0.53 0.24 0.79 1.75 rev varieties exist
1947  52,220,400 0.46 0.33 0.49 1.25
1947  Proof
1948  63,961,200 0.39 0.44 0.56 1.00
1948  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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