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½ Penny - Elizabeth II 1st portrait; with "F:D:"

½ Penny - Elizabeth II (1st portrait; with "F:D:") -  obverse ½ Penny - Elizabeth II (1st portrait; with "F:D:") -  reverse

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Features

Country Australia
Type Common coin
Years 1959-1964
Value 1/2 Penny (1/480)
Metal Bronze
Weight 5.67 g
Diameter 25.5 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
References KM# 61, Schön# 43
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)
Weltmünzkatalog
by Gerhard Schön, Günter Schön
(Battenberg Gietl Verlag)

Obverse

1st portrait of Queen Elizabeth II facing right wearing a laurel

Lettering: +ELIZABETH·II·DEI·GRATIA·REGINA·F:D:

Translation: Elizabeth II by the Grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith

Engraver: Mary Gillick

Mary Gillick was a sculptor best known for her effigy of Elizabeth II used on coinage in the United Kingdom and elsewhere from 1953 to 1970.

Reverse

Kangaroo leaping right

Lettering:
AUSTRALIA
KG
1959
HALF PENNY

Engraver: George Edward Kruger Gray

George Kruger Gray was an English artist, best remembered for his designs of coinage and stained glass windows.

Edge

Smooth

Comments

Mintmarks:
One dot after "PENNY" = Perth Mint
No dots = Melbourne Mint

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Year Mintage VG F VF XF UNC Exchange
1959  10,166,000 Melbourne Mint
1959  1,506 Melbourne Mint; Proof
1960  17,812,000 Perth Mint
1960  1,030 Perth Mint; Proof
1961  20,183,000 Perth Mint
1961  1,040 Perth Mint; Proof
1962  10,259,000 Perth Mint
1962  1,064 Perth Mint; Proof
1963  16,410,000 Perth Mint
1963  1,060 Perth Mint; Proof
1964  18,230,000 Perth Mint
1964  1 Perth Mint; Proof

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½ Penny - Elizabeth II (1st portrait; with "F:D:")