Officially, the 1930 penny was not minted. It is known from a long-serving employee who worked at the mint during the depression years that a small number of 1930 penny dies (possibly two) were produced, even though the decision not to mint the coin for circulation had been taken in late 1929. These dies were apparently set up in a coining press from time to time to demonstrate the coining process to visiting dignitaries. The visitors were offered one or two of the brand new coins in exchange for pennies from their pockets.
High quality forgeries of the 1930 penny exist. See the forgeries article for more information.
While unlikely, it is possible that two different obverse die varieties may have been used to produce 1930 pennies - the so called London and Indian dies. See the special article. Numismatic opinion about the authenticity of the London variety differs. Some dealers are adamant that all examples found so far have been identified as forgeries. The Canberra Mint's coin verification service has on record one example of a London variety 1930 penny which, at the time, apparently passed its tests for authenticity. This verification was subsequently withdrawn.
M. R. Roberts, Wynyard Coin Center, Sydney 1999.
On the reverse, the top part of the final leg of the N in ONE is the weakest part of the design. To some extent, all 1930 pennies exhibit this weakness. Collectors will pay a premium for examples which display a strong strike in this area of the design.
Of the six known proof examples of the 1930 penny, three are in private hands. The remaining three are in public collections in the Museum of Victoria, the National Gallery of South Australia and the British Museum in London.
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