1919 KN Penny – George V


The 1919 KN Penny - George V

Although the Royal Mint had a pre-WWI capacity to mint 150 million coins per year, it still needed to contract private mints to help in production. They used two mints in Birmingham, the larger was Heatons Birmingham Mint (in 1912, 1918 and 1919) and the other was the Kings Norton Metal Co. (in 1918 and 1919). They used mint marks of 'H' and 'KN' respectively.

The 1919 KN (SCBC 4053) is the rarest of the pennies produced by these private mints. The Kings Norton Penny has the mint mark on the left of the date:



The edge is plain.

The Reverse shows Britannia seated, with Trident and shield. It is the same as other pennies of that era with the exception of the 'KN' mint mark.

The Obverse shows a portrait of King George V by Australian sculpter Bertram MacKennal.

Images used by permission of M J Hughes Coins.


Mintage: Not known
Minted at The Royal Mint.
George V (1910-1936)
George V was King of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions, and Emperor of India, from 6 May 1910 until his death in 1936 and was King during World War 1. George was the second son of Albert Edward, Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII), and grandson of Queen Victoria. After his death he was succeeded by his eldest son, Edward VIII.

In 1919-20, the Silver price rose dramatically so .925 silver coins began to made in 0.500 siver. Gold Sovereigns were produced in large quantities early in George's reign - over 30 million in 1911 and again in 1912, although there was no bullion sovereigns issued 1918-1924 (Commonwealth mints did continue mintage).
General Description: Penny
The Penny is one of the most famous British coins. The coin itself has been around since 600AD and at various times has been struck in silver, copper and bronze. Originally split into halfpennies and farthing, it is now itself the least denomination coin currently in circulation. Made from copper (actually copper plated steel).

Originally there were 12 pennies in one shilling and 240 pennies in £1; since decimalisation in 1973 there are 100 new pence in one pound.

Specifications of the Penny

  • Diameter: (Bronze) 31 mm (since 1860)
  • Edge: Plain
  • Composition:
    • (1707–1796) Silver
    • (1797–1859) Copper
    • (1860–1970) Bronze
  • Years: 1707–1970
Which Mint: The Royal Mint
The Royal Mint is the designated place for the UK to mint coins. It dates back well over 1000 years and is a Government-owned company. 

Formed in the reign of Alfred the Great about the year 886, during the period 1279-1812 it was generally referred to as The Tower Mint as it was housed at the Tower of London. The Master of The Royal Mint has included famous figures such as Sir Isaac Newton.

Since 2010 it has operated as Royal Mint Ltd, a company owned by HM Treasury, under an exclusive contract to supply all coinage for the UK although it also produces medals and coins for other countries. It is currently located at Llantrisant, Wales.

There is also an on-line shop at The Royal Mint Shop.
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
The United Kingdom (UK) is the Union of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It is often refered to as Great Britain (GBR). It has a long, rich history.

The orignal coinage was Pounds, Shillings and Pence but since decimalisation on 15 February 1971, it is £1 = 100p, that is One Pound = 100 pence. The coinage of the UK is also a long history, the Royal Mint being established as long ago as 886AD when coins were hammered. Today there is perhaps 30 billion coins in circulation, and many (numismatic) collectors coins and sets are issued frequently in gold, silver and other metals.
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1911 TO 1936 GEORGE V PENNY / PENNIES CHOICE OF YEAR / DATE
1911 TO 1936 GEORGE V PENNY / PENNIES CHOICE OF YEAR / DATE
£ 6.99
RARE KINGS NORTON & HEATON MINT GEORGE V 1912H,1918H,1919H,1918KN 1919KN PENNIES
RARE KINGS NORTON & HEATON MINT GEORGE V 1912H,1918H,1919H,1918KN 1919KN PENNIES
£ 2.49
GB-1919 KN- KINGS NORTON MINT-PENNY COIN-LOW MINTAGE-KING GEORGE V
GB-1919 KN- KINGS NORTON MINT-PENNY COIN-LOW MINTAGE-KING GEORGE V
£ 17.50
 1919 KN aUNC Penny 1d (UK British) George V (1910-1936)
1919 KN aUNC Penny 1d (UK British) George V (1910-1936)
£ 999.99
1919KN retro gap-filler Penny, exact same size/weight as a Penny.
1919KN retro gap-filler Penny, exact same size/weight as a Penny.
£ 4.50
1919-KN King George V One Penny Coin - Great Britain
1919-KN King George V One Penny Coin - Great Britain
£ 16.95
1919-KN King George V 1d One Penny Coin - Great Britain
1919-KN King George V 1d One Penny Coin - Great Britain
£ 15.95
1912H 1918H 1918KN 1919H 1919KN Heaton Kings Norton Minted Pennys Scarce Rare
1912H 1918H 1918KN 1919H 1919KN Heaton Kings Norton Minted Pennys Scarce Rare
£ 1.95

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