British 1 penny coins for Two Up set : Leading Aircraftman B D Beath, No. 348 Radar Station, RAAF

Accession Number RELC02639
Collection type Technology
Object type Currency
Maker Royal Mint
Place made United Kingdom
Date made 1903-1907
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Set of five Edward VII British One Penny coins, divided up as follows: three 1903 issue, one 1906 issue and one 1907 issue. All the coins feature the head of King Edward VII on the obverse, facing right, with the inscription "EDWARDVS VII DEI GRA BRITT OMN REX FID DEF IND IMP". The reverse shows the seated Britannia over the date, surrounded by ONE PENNY. All the coins have been highly polished on both sides.

History / Summary

These coins were used by 132750 Leading Aircraftman Boyd Davidson Beath at a Two-Up school in Port Moresby in 1944. At the time he was serving with No. 348 Radar Station, RAAF and was stationed in Port Moresby in preparation for supporting the United States landing at Aitape in April 1944. At the same time the Second Australian Imperial Force were also in Port Moresby and subsequently took over from the United States forces when the latter left Aitape for the invasion of the Philippines in October 1944. Many games of two-up were played in the Port Moresby area, in particular near the main airstrip at Waigani. The amounts of money spent on these games were quite large 100-500 pound bets were quite common. Beath was fortunate enough to win 1200 pounds in one game which he saved until his transition into civilian life in 1946. Boyd Beath was born in Newcastle, NSW in 1925 and enlisted in the Royal Australian Airforce on 6 April 1943. His posting at Discharge in 1946 was 2 Stores Depot.