Obverse: Has a portrait of King George V by Sir Edgar Mackennal
Reverse: The words “ONE PENNY“ within a circle designed by W.H.J Blakemore.
There were in total 5 varites of One Penny coins minted between 1911 and 1966 when decimalisation occured.
Mints:H – Birmingham M – Melbourne S- Sydney
Mint Marks: H – Ralph Heaton Birmingham I – India
George and May had five sons and a daughter. Randolph Churchill claimed that George was a strict father, to the extent that his children were terrified of him, and that George had remarked to Edward Stanley, 17th Earl of Derby: “My father was frightened of his mother, I was frightened of my father, and I am damned well going to see to it that my children are frightened of me.” In reality, there is no direct source for the quotation and it is likely that George’s parenting style was little different from that adopted by most people at the time.
In October 1894, George’s uncle-by-marriage, Tsar Alexander III, died and his cousin, Tsar Nicholas II, ascended the Russian throne. At the request of his father, “out of respect for poor dear Uncle Sasha’s memory”, George joined his parents in St. Petersburg for the funeral. George and his parents remained in Russia for the wedding a week later of Nicholas to another one of George’s first cousins, Princess Alix of Hesse-Darmstadt, whom Queen Victoria had once hoped would marry George’s elder brother.
*All biographical details are taken from Wikipedia for education purposes only.