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1949 George VI One Penny 1d Coins


George VI One Penny 1d Coins 1937-1949 {1949}

Coins for the collector or to start a collection; these coins are in used condition but the dates are legible with the naked eye.

George VI came to the throne on 11th December 1936 on the abdication of his brother, Edward VIII. He died on 6th February 1952.

There were in effect three coinages during his reign, with a switch from silver alloy to cupro-nickel in 1947, and the change of titles resulting from the Independence of India in 1949.

The Penny

The first design was issued from 1937 to 1940, and then from 1944 to 1948. All these dates are common. During 1940 the exergual line was doubled.

Between 1944 and 1946 the tin content of the bronze was reduced from 3% to 0.5%. Because this alloy tarnished unattractively these coins were artificially toned before issue.

From 1949 the bronze coins had FD:IND:IMP. on the obverse changed to FIDEI DEF.

The Penny

The 1949 coin is fairly common, but the 1950 and 1951 issues had very small mintages of 240,000 and 120,00 respectively and they were only issued in the West Indies. However, in brilliant uncirculated condition they are not as scarce as the higher mintage 1946 and 1949 brass threepenny bits.

No pennies dated 1952 were issued for circulation, although a single proof coin of this date was auctioned recently.

DCB Antiques Code:: MA841(coins GVI 1d)1949


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