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

½ Penny - Elizabeth II (1st Portrait; with "F:D:") -  obverse½ Penny - Elizabeth II (1st Portrait; with "F:D:") -  reverse

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Features

Country Australia
Queen Elizabeth II (1952-date)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1959-1964
Value 1/2 Penny (1/480)
Currency Pound (1910-1966)
Composition Bronze
Weight 5.67 g
Diameter 25.5 mm
Thickness 1.3 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
References KM# 61,
  • Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248979.
  • Thomas Michael (editor), Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2016. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700 (7th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248573.
  • Thomas Michael (editor); 2016. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800 (7th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440247064.
  • Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900 (9th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248955.
  • Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000 (47th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248962.
Schön# 43
  • Gerhard Schön; 2020. Weltmünzkatalog 20. Jahrhundert: 1901-2000 (47. Auflage). Gietl Verlag, Regenstauf, Germany. ISBN 9783866461840.
  • Helmut Kahnt, Günter Schön; 2016. Weltmünzkatalog 19. Jahrhundert: 1801-1900 (17. Auflage). Gietl Verlag, Regenstauf, Germany. ISBN 9783866461185.
  • Gerhard Schön, Sebastian Krämer; 2017. Weltmünzkatalog 21. Jahrhundert: 2001-2016 (3. Auflage). Gietl Verlag, Regenstauf, Germany. ISBN 9783866461383.

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

Designer: 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

Designer: George Kruger Gray

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

Edge

Smooth

Mints

Royal Mint, Melbourne, Australia (1872-1969)
Perth Mint, Australia

Comments

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

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1959  10,166,000 1.00 0.52 9.53 26% Melbourne Mint
1959  1,506 0.6% Melbourne Mint; Proof
1960  1,509 0.06% Melbourne Mint; Proof
1960  17,812,000 0.16 1.07 0.72 29% Perth Mint
1960  1,030 0.6% Perth Mint; Proof
1961  1,040 0.06% Melbourne Mint; Proof
1961  20,183,000 0.37 0.62 0.85 2.30 2.75 38% Perth Mint
1961  1,040 1.1% Perth Mint; Proof
1962  1,064 0.19% Melbourne Mint; Proof
1962  10,259,000 0.74 1.22 17% Perth Mint
1962  1,064 0.4% Perth Mint; Proof
1963  5,042 0.06% Melbourne Mint; Proof
1963  16,410,000 1.22 1.11 0.56 29% Perth Mint
1963  1,100 0.7% Perth Mint; Proof
1964  18,230,000 0.18 0.96 1.16 0.83 2.37 37% Perth Mint
1964  1 0.6% Perth Mint; Proof

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