It’s large… and old. It breaks the record for oldest coin I’ve pulled from the sack by 23 years!
United Kingdom, 1 penny, 1920 (KM #810)
As a collector, I am enamored with coin series that have longevity, so the pre-decimal British coins are of particular interest to me. This coin is part of the first series of George V pennies, made from 1911 to 1926, and is part of the long tradition of pennies that were made to uniform standards from the early 1800s to 1967. Under the pre-decimal system, this coin is worth 1/240th of a pound, or 0.42 decimal pence (if you could spend it). That translates to 0.67 cents USD, which is an impressively small value for a coin the size of a half dollar.
Here’s what was going on in the UK in 1920.
Mintage = 124,693,000.
Weight 9.4 g
Diameter 31 mm
Thickness 1.64 mm
Engraver Edgar Bertram MacKennal (obverse)
Orientation Medal alignment