½ Penny - George VI

½ Penny - George VI -  obverse½ Penny - George VI -  reverse

© Museum Victoria

Features

Country Australia
King George VI (1936-1952)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1939-1948
Value 1/2 Penny (1/480)
Currency Pound (1910-1966)
Composition Bronze ((97% Copper, 2.5% Zinc, 0.5% Tin))
Weight 5.67 g
Diameter 25.5 mm
Thickness 1.7 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Number N# 5320
Numista (https://numista.com)
References KM# 41,
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA.
And 4 more volumes.
Schön# 22
Gerhard Schön; 2020. Weltmünzkatalog / 20. Jahrhundert: 1901-2000 (47. Auflage). Gietl Verlag, Regenstauf, Germany.
And 2 more volumes.

Obverse

Portrait of King George VI facing left

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

Translation:
George VI by the Grace of God, King of all the British territories, Defender of the Faith, Emperor of India
HP

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, with the date above the denomination below and the country name above

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

Mints

Royal Mint, Melbourne, Australia (1872-1969)
Dot before and after "HALF PENNY" with I below bust Mumbai / Bombay, India (1829-date)
One dot after "PENNY" Perth Mint, Australia

Comments

Demonetized: No - withdrawn at decimalisation in 1966, but have never been formally demonetised and are still legal tender.

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Date Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1939  504 000 16.81 16.71 6% Melbourne Mint
1939  0.3% Melbourne Mint; Proof
1940  2 294 000 1.12 5.21 3 496.53 8% Melbourne Mint
1940  0.5% Melbourne Mint; Proof
1941  5 011 000 0.73 0.94 2.98 13.45 16% Melbourne Mint
1941  0.3% Melbourne Mint; Proof
1942  720 000 2.50 2.94 5.30 7% Melbourne Mint
1942  0.3% Melbourne Mint; Proof
1942 • 4 334 000 0.60 13% Perth Mint
1942 • 0.9% Perth Mint; Proof
1942 I 2% Bombay Mint; Narrow date
1942 I 0.3% Bombay Mint; Proof
1942 I 6 000 000 0.62 9% Bombay Mint; Wide date
1943  33 989 000 0.74 0.49 0.58 0.83 1.91 2.13 51% Melbourne Mint
1943 • 2% Perth Mint; Proof
1943 I 6 000 000 0.49 1.02 1.37 14% Bombay Mint
1943 I 0.8% Bombay Mint; Proof
1944  720 000 5% Melbourne Mint
1945  2.65 6% Melbourne Mint
1945 • 3 033 000 0.26 7% Perth Mint
1945 • 0.4% Perth Mint; Proof
1946 • 13 747 000 0.50 0.74 2.38 5.48 18% Perth Mint
1946 • 0.4% Perth Mint; Proof
1947 • 9 293 000 0.77 1.11 16% Perth Mint
1947 • 0.5% Perth Mint; Proof
1948  4 608 000 1.49 15.90 11% Melbourne Mint
1948  0.6% Melbourne Mint; Proof
1948 • 25 553 000 0.75 0.95 1.79 0.95 24% Perth Mint
1948 • 0.8% Perth Mint; Proof

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