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The coin is composed of a [[bronze]] alloy, weighs 6.4 grams, and measures 27 millimeters in diameter and 1.6 millimeters in thickness. It has [[medallic alignment]] and a plain [[edge]]. Unlike other contemporary Zambian coins, the piece is [[shape|round]] with a 5 millimeter circular hole in the center. The rims of the piece, as well as the circumference of the central hole, are raised and undecorated.
 
The coin is composed of a [[bronze]] alloy, weighs 6.4 grams, and measures 27 millimeters in diameter and 1.6 millimeters in thickness. It has [[medallic alignment]] and a plain [[edge]]. Unlike other contemporary Zambian coins, the piece is [[shape|round]] with a 5 millimeter circular hole in the center. The rims of the piece, as well as the circumference of the central hole, are raised and undecorated.
   
Both sides of the piece were designed by [[Norman Sillman]] (1921–2013), an [[England|English]] sculptor and engraver for the Royal Mint. The state title "ZAMBIA" appears at the top of the [[obverse]], curved in a clockwise direction above the central hole. It is accompanied by the {{wp|en|Gregorian calendar|Gregorian}} date of minting, "1966", which is printed in the opposite direction along the coin's bottom rim and separated from the aforementioned text by two small decorative {{wp|en|Four-pointed star|four-pointed stars}}.
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Both sides of the piece were designed by [[Norman Sillman]] (1921&ndash;2013), an [[England|English]] sculptor and engraver for the Royal Mint. The state title "ZAMBIA" appears at the top of the [[obverse]], curved in a clockwise direction above the central hole. It is accompanied by the {{wp|en|Gregorian calendar|Gregorian}} date of minting, "1966", which is printed in the opposite direction along the coin's bottom rim and separated from the aforementioned text by two small decorative {{wp|en|Four-pointed star|four-pointed stars}}. Displayed along the upper periphery of the [[reverse]], extending clockwise from the left to right sides of the coin, is the face value "ONE PENNY". An abbreviated form of the value, "1<span style="font-size:.7em; display:inline-block; line-height:0.35em; vertical-align:.3125em;">d<br/>&nbsp;.</span>" is written horizontally at the bottom of the piece, just below the hole. The "d", shortened for the {{wp|en|Latin}} word ''[[denarius|denarii]]'', has historically been used to express amounts in pence in [[£sd|pound-based]] currencies. Both renderings of the coin's face value are separated by two four-pointed stars similar to those on the obverse.
 
Displayed along the upper periphery of the [[reverse]], extending clockwise from the left to right sides of the coin, is the face value "ONE PENNY". An abbreviated form of the value, "1<span style="font-size:.7em; display:inline-block; line-height:0.35em; vertical-align:.3125em;">d<br/>&nbsp;.</span>" is written horizontally at the bottom of the piece, just below the hole. The "d", shortened for the {{wp|en|Latin}} word ''[[denarius|denarii]]'', has historically been used to express amounts in pence in [[£sd|pound-based]] currencies. Both renderings of the coin's face value are separated by two four-pointed stars similar to those on the obverse.
 
   
 
A total of approximately 7,200,060 examples of the piece were produced. Of these, 7,200,000 were minted as [[business strikes]], and the remaining 60 were struck as [[proof coin|proofs]]. Thirty of the proofs were included in collectors' [[Zambian proof sets|sets]] sold by the Bank of Zambia.
 
A total of approximately 7,200,060 examples of the piece were produced. Of these, 7,200,000 were minted as [[business strikes]], and the remaining 60 were struck as [[proof coin|proofs]]. Thirty of the proofs were included in collectors' [[Zambian proof sets|sets]] sold by the Bank of Zambia.
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