Obverse Inscription - ELIZABETH·II·DEI·GRATIA·REGINA·F:D: - By the Grace of God Elizabeth II Queen and Defender of the Faith.
Reverse Inscription - ONE PENNY 1965
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More Information About Elizabeth II Pennies
The Penny dates back to before the formation of the English
nation. Copper was first used in the striking of the Penny during
the Reign of George III in the year 1797. Bronze was used as a more
hard wearing, longer lasting alternative in 1860 and was used until the
Decimal Penny was debased in 1992 using copper plated steel as the
bronze had a higher value than the face value of the Penny.
Elizabeth II Pre-decimal Pennies were struck from 1953 until 1967.
Their were two different types on account of their being two different
inscriptions. The first type was only struck 1953 and the second type
was struck from 1954 to 1967.
The obverse was engraved by the sculptor Mary
Gillick. In keeping with
tradition Elizabeth's portrait faces to the right, in the opposite
direction to his predecessor. Elizabeth's portrait depicts her wearing
Laureate (A Crown of leafs).
The reverse device is of Britannia seated facing right, holding a
Trident in her left
her right hand is resting upon a shield which is emblazoned
with a Union Flag.
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