1920 Australian Penny - Fine - Indian Obverse with Double Dot - Considered Scarce

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The 1920 Australian Penny was minted in Melbourne & Sydney, Australia with an mintage of approx. 9,041,000 (all variants). Its rarity is dependent upon which variety it is.

I believe this example to be the scarce "Indian Obverse with Double Dot" and have done my best to support this claim with the images presented for your inspection.

I would grade this example as Fine.

This has to be my favourite year of the Australian Penny, simply due to the amount of exploration, investigation, and hunting (Numismatics!) involved in tracking down each if its many varieties!

Read on for further information on the 1920 penny and its multiple varieties.

Two obverse / reverse die combinations were used during 1920 when making Australian pennies:
The 'Indian obverse', and the 'London obverse'.

In each case the same reverse die was used, however various mint marks were used, resulting in eight primary identified varieties.

The London obverse, (heads), variation has 177 outer rim denticles, while the Indian obverse variation has 178 outer rim denticles.

Both obverses feature the image of Australia's, (England's), Monarch at the time, King George V facing to the left, with the legend reading the Latin "GEORGIVS V D.G. BRITT: OMN: REX F.D. IND: IMP:"

There is still conjecture as to whether some of the varieties exist as deliberately minted variations, or occurred as a result of die fill, which would technically be an 'error', rather than a 'variety'.

Specifically, the dot below the bottom scroll, when minted, was susceptible to either weak strike or die fill, and is very difficult to see on a lot of 1920 pennies, if able to be seen at all.

Either way, these variations or errors have been accepted in to popular opinion, official literature, and valuation guides as 'varieties'.

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