Australia 1930 penny

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Heritage sale 3015, lot 23538
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was lot 23538 in Heritage sale 3015 (Long Beach, September 2011), where it sold for $16,100. The catalog description[1] noted, "George V Penny 1930, Fine 15 BN NGC, evenly worn details with original brown surfaces, quite attractive for this designation. Rare date and one of the most sought after coins of the Aussie series." The SCWC does not record why so few pennies were struck at Melbourne in 1930 but even the common dates are costly in nice condition. The type was issued 1911-36.

Sterling coinage was struck for several countries besides Great Britain, including Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Southern Rhodesia, Fiji and New Guinea. All converted to decimal coinage in the 1960's.

Recorded mintage: est. 3,000.

Specifications: 9.41 g, bronze, 30.8 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM 23.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • McDonald, Greg, The Pocket Guide to Australian Coins and Banknotes, 23rd ed., Lavington, Australia, 2017.
  • [1]Cristiano Bierrenbach and Warren Tucker, Heritage World Coin Auction 3015, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2011.

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