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Australia 1929 Penny (Indian Obverse)

Mint:Melbourne Mintage:Part 1,834,600 Estimate 50,000 Milling:Plain
Weight:9.45 grams Diameter:30.8 mm Composition:97% Copper, 2.5% Zinc, 0.5% Tin
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Wear
Obverse 2 - Indian (Calcutta)
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Wear
Reverse Am - London (melbourne modified)
Designer: Sir (Edgar) Bertram Mackennal (Initials 'B.M.' raised on truncation)
Design:Left facing profile of George V
Legend:GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP: •
Denticle Count:178 teeth
Mint mark: None
Characteristics:
Designer: William Henry James Blakemore (no attribution)
Design:'ONE PENNY' surrounded by 90 beads contained within concentric circles
Legend:• COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA •
Denticle Count:174 teeth
Mint mark: None
Characteristics:
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Value
BM
Ad
NP
8
Good
VG10
10
VG
F12
12
about F
F15
15
Fine
VF20
20
good F
VF25
25
about VF
VF30
30
Very Fine
VF35
35
good VF
EF40
40
about EF
EF45
45
Ext Fine
AU50
50
good EF
AU53
53
about Unc
AU55
58+
virt Unc
AU58
58-60
Uncirc
MS60
58-61
Uncirc
MS61
58-62
Uncirc
MS62
63-64
Choice Unc
MS63
64-65
near Gem
MS64
65-66
Gem
MS65
66-67
Gem
MS66
67-68
Gem
MS67
68
near Flaw
MS68
69
virt Flaw
MS69
70
Flawless
MS70
Proof
B
$1
+
NGC
 
 
PCGS
 
 
$3
+
NGC
 
 
PCGS
1
 
$5
+
NGC
 
 
PCGS
 
 
$10
+
NGC
 
 
PCGS
 
 
$15
+
NGC
 
 
PCGS
 
 
$25
+
NGC
 
 
PCGS
3
 
$50
+
NGC
 
 
PCGS
1
 
$75
+
NGC
 
 
PCGS
 
 
$100
+
NGC
 
 
PCGS
 
 
$150
+
NGC
 
 
PCGS
2
 
$200
+
NGC
 
 
PCGS
1
 
$300
+
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PCGS
4
 
$500
+
NGC
 
 
PCGS
1
 
$900
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NGC
 
 
PCGS
 
 
$1250
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NGC
 
 
PCGS
 
 
$1500
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NGC
 
 
PCGS
 
 
$3000
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NGC
 
 
PCGS
4
 
$5000
+
NGC
 
 
PCGS
2
 
$9000
+
NGC
 
 
PCGS
 
 
$17500
+
NGC
 
 
PCGS
 
 
$35000
+
NGC
 
 
PCGS
 
 
-
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NGC
 
 
PCGS
 
 
-
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NGC
 
 
PCGS
 
 
-
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NGC
 
 
PCGS
 
 
Y
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$250
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$350
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PCGS
 
 
$600
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PCGS
 
 
$1000
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NGC
 
 
PCGS
 
 
$1500
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PCGS
 
 
$1750
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PCGS
 
 
$3500
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NGC
 
 
PCGS
1
 
$6000
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NGC
 
 
PCGS
 
 
$10000
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NGC
 
 
PCGS
1
 
$20000
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NGC
 
 
PCGS
1
 
$37500
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PCGS
 
 
-
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-
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-
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-
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PCGS
 
 
-
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PCGS
 
 
-
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-
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-
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-
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PCGS
 
 
Y
BM
Benchmark
Ad
Adjectival
NP
NGC/PCGS
Collectable grades
Does not exist by definition

Investment grades
-
Unlikely to exist

Aspirational grades
BV
Bullion or metal value

Not known in these grades
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Value as above
Proof
Y (Yes)
N (Not known)
Last updated August 2020
Notes:
W.J. Mullet, who was a senior officer at the Melbourne Mint, wrote in 1981 that only one Indian obverse die was used in this year. If we refer to the averages being achieved from general production at the time, it can be deduced that the mintage of this coin was probably less than 50,000. This was the first use of the Indian obverse master die that was sent directly to Melbourne from London in 1922. Dies derived from this master were later used to strike the Indian die 1930 pennies. A study of the reverse used on both types of 1929 pennies also reveals its close resemblance to the 1930 pennies, but it is the 1929 English Penny with the small void in the '9' of the date is the closest match. It seems logical that the last two digits were removed from a 1929 reverse master which was then used to produce the 1930 pennies. Author and collector Dr David L. Briggs states in his publication "Australian Copper (Bronze) Coins 1911 -1964" that two 1929 'Indian Die' proof coins exist. Proof-like coins have been sighted that do not exhibit the wire rims associated with the double-struck proofs of the era, so it is more than likely that these are also early proof-like specimen strikes off the experimental die.