Australia 1946(m) penny
This specimen was lot 6025 in Stack's Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2017), where it sold for $940. The catalog description noted, "AUSTRALIA. Penny, 1946-(M). PCGS MS-62 RB Secure Holder. SCARCE semi-key date. Mint orange luster at legends with toned central surfaces showing muted maroon color." The SCWC notes the 1946 as the key date; the Perth mint skipped this year. The type was issued 1938-48 from Bombay, Perth and Melbourne.
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: 240,000.
Specification: 9.4 g, bronze, 30.8 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: KM-36.
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- McDonald, Greg, The Pocket Guide to Australian Coins and Banknotes, 23rd ed., Lavington, Australia, 2017.
- Ponterio, Richard, The January 2017 NYINC Sale: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, featuring the Richard Stuart Collection, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2016.