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½ Penny - George VI

½ Penny - George VI -  obverse ½ Penny - George VI -  reverse

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Features

Country Australia
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1939-1948
Value 1/2 Penny (1/480)
Currency Pound (1910-1966)
Composition Bronze
Weight 5.67 g
Diameter 25.5 mm
Thickness 1.30 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
References KM# 41,
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)
Schön# 22
Weltmünzkatalog
by Gerhard Schön, Günter Schön
(Battenberg Gietl Verlag)

Obverse

Portrait of King George VI facing left

Lettering: GEORGIVS VI D:G:BR:OMN:REX F:D:IND:IMP.

Translation: By the Grace of God, of Great Britain, Ireland and the British Dominions beyond the Seas King, Defender of the Faith, Emperor of India

Engraver: Thomas Humphrey Paget

Thomas Humphrey Paget OBE was an English medal and coin designer and modeller. Paget's designs are indicated by the initials 'HP'. Paget was first approached by the Royal Mint in 1936 after the accession of King Edward VIII. Paget's recommendation had come via his earlier design for the obverse of a medal featuring the then-Prince of Wales.

Reverse

Kangaroo leaping to right, date below

Lettering:
AUSTRALIA
KG
1939
HALF PENNY

Engraver: George 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
Dot before & after "HALF PENNY" with "I" below bust = Bombay Mint
No dots = Melbourne Mint

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
1939  504,000 13.67 Melbourne Mint
1939  Melbourne Mint; Proof
1940  2,294,000 1.94 Melbourne Mint
1940  Melbourne Mint; Proof
1941  5,011,000 0.59 1.11 3.74 Melbourne Mint
1941  Melbourne Mint; Proof
1942  720,000 1.39 Melbourne Mint
1942  Melbourne Mint; Proof
1942 • 4,334,000 1.56 Perth Mint
1942 • Perth Mint; Proof
1942 I Bombay Mint; Narrow date
1942 I Bombay Mint; Proof
1942 I 6,000,000 0.56 Bombay Mint; Wide date
1943  33,989,000 0.43 1.10 2.22 0.61 Melbourne Mint
1943 • Perth Mint; Proof
1943 I 6,000,000 1.03 0.77 Bombay Mint
1943 I Bombay Mint; Proof
1944  720,000 Melbourne Mint
1945  5.05 Melbourne Mint
1945 • 3,033,000 2.63 Perth Mint
1945 • Perth Mint; Proof
1946 • 13,747,000 0.52 Perth Mint
1946 • Perth Mint; Proof
1947 • 9,293,000 0.59 Perth Mint
1947 • Perth Mint; Proof
1948  4,608,000 1.57 Melbourne Mint
1948  Melbourne Mint; Proof
1948 • 25,553,000 0.77 0.67 1.90 Perth Mint
1948 • Perth Mint; Proof

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