The 1930 Penny was struck at the Melbourne Mint, from a mintage of only 1500 coins. As it was issued at the height of the Great Depression, very few additional coppers were needed to supplement those coins already in circulation, given the average weekly wage was about 3 Pounds ($6.00).
The 1930 Penny featured on the cover of the Australian Coin Review magazine between 1964 and 1981.
The coin’s obverse shows Bertram Mackennal’s crowned effigy of King George V. The reverse is a simple lettered design by William Blackmore, derived from a nineteenth century token.
The 1930 Penny available now at Downies’ Melbourne store is in good Fine condition, with six clear pearls. This famous rarity comes with a certificate of authenticity.
Contact Steve Kirby, Numismatist at Downies Coins Southgate on (03) 9686 8422 today for a viewing or any further information.
Downies Coins Melbourne is open 6 days a week:
Monday to Thursday, 9.30am – 5pm
Friday, 9.30am – 6pm
Saturday, 9.30am - 5pm.