Australian Pattern Penny
By Kerry Rodgers
Collectors of pattern coins and
trials need to take a long hard look at
Roxbury’s catalog for the firm’s May 22
Queensland auction. It includes an Australian
classic, an example of the 1937 uniface, reverse
and pattern for Australia’s penny showing a
bounding kangaroo (SCWC Pn24).
This was the first time this Australian icon had
appeared - by itself - on any Commonwealth coin.
It would remain as the reverse design for the
penny and halfpenny until 1964. At the Royal
Mint a series of different patterns were struck
of Kruger Gray’s incisive but simple design. All
are excessively rare with very few in private
hands. The Standard Catalog entry for this item
does not differentiate between the four possible
The uniface version comes with the word MODEL
across the coin’s obverse as shown here.
However, it exists with both a hole drilled in
the planchet or unholed. The 2007 edition of
Renniks Australian Coin and Banknote Values give
the mintage of the uniface “model’ as 8 and with
a value as A$110,000. However, this catalog does
not distinguish holed from unholed.
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