Nickel Pattern Penny minted at the Melbourne Mint in 1920. Square obverse legend variety, Type 9. 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. The shape and size was based of a coin from Ceylon (Sri Lanka). These patterns were never authorised for issue.

Physical Description

A square nickel pattern coin with rounded corners (18mm across, plain edge) featuring a bare head of George V facing left with the legend GEORGE V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX 1920 following the straight edges of the coin. The reverse features a Kookaburra seated facing right on small branch; curved above, AUSTRALIA; below at right in two lines and large letters, ONE PENNY

Obverse Description

Bare head of George V facing left; in a circle around following straight edges of coin, GEORGE V D.G. BRITT: OMN: REX 1920

Reverse Description

Kookaburra seated on small branch facing right; curved above, AUSTRALIA; below at right in two lines, ONE PENNY

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