OLD ONE PENNY COIN - 1d - GEORGE V = 1918H
COIN(S) FOR THE COLLECTOR WANTING TO START OR EXPAND A COLLECTION
CONDITION: UNCLEANED, WORN THROUGH USAGE BUT DATE VISIBLE
King George V (1910–1936) pennies were produced to the same standard until 1922, but after a three year gap in production the alloy composition was changed in 1925 to 95.5% copper, 3% tin, and 1.5% zinc, although the weight remained at ⅓ oz (9.4 grams) and the diameter 31 millimetres. The inscription around the three variations of the left-facing king's head remained GEORGIVS V DEI GRA BRITT OMN REX FID DEF IND IMP, while Britannia remained on the reverse, as before. In addition to the Royal Mint in the Tower of London, in 1912, 1918 and 1919 some coins were produced at the Heaton Mint in Birmingham, and are identified by a "H" to the left of the date, and in 1918 and 1919 some were also produced at the Kings Norton Metal Co. Ltd, also in Birmingham, and are identified by "KN" to the left of the date. A special issue of 100 1918 pennies were minted and released into circulation to commemorate World War I. Identifiable by a superscript number 1 to the right of the date, only 3 of these pennies are known to still exist. The last one to sell changed hands for ₤100,000 in 1969. Pennies were produced in 1911–1922 inclusive, and 1926–1936 inclusive bearing George V's effigy, however the 1933 penny is the great British numismatic rarity of the 20th century — only seven coins were minted, specifically for the king to lay under the foundation stones of new buildings; one of the coins went missing when a church in Leeds was demolished in the 1960s, and its whereabouts are currently unknown.
DCB Antique code: MA841/2 (GVI 1d /1918H