Square pattern Penny, 1921
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.
A square nickel pattern coin with rounded corners (18 mm across, plain edge) featuring a bare head of George V facing left with the legend around GEORGE V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX 1921. The reverse features a Kookaburra seated facing right on small branch; curved above, AUSTRALIA; below at right in one lines and large letters, ONE PENNY
Bare head of George V facing left; around in a circle, GEORGIVS S D.G.BRITT:OMN:REX . 1921 .
Kookaburra standing on small branch facing right; above, AUSTRALIA; below, ONE PENNY
The production of bronze penny and halfpenny coins at the Melbourne Branch of the Royal Mint began in 1919. The first order from the Commonwealth began "pending the introduction of nickel coins..." leading mint authorities to believe that the introduction of nickel coins was imminent. Between 1919 and 1921 a number of experimental square patterns were produced.
Transfer from Melbourne Branch of Royal Mint, 1978
Obverse: GEORGE V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX 1921 Reverse: AUSTRALIA ONE PENNY
Type of item
18 mm (Length), 18 mm (Width), 3.894 g (Weight)
Rennicks Type 13 McDonald Type 10
[Book] McDonald, Greg. 1987. Australian Coin and Banknote Market Guide.
[Article] Sharples, John. 1985. Australian Coins 1919 to 1924. Journal of the Numismatic Association of Australia. 1 (July): 4-18.