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½ Penny - Elizabeth II 1st portrait; without 'BRITT:OMN'

Features

Country United Kingdom
Queen Elizabeth II (1952-date)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1954-1970
Value 1/2 Penny = 1/24 Shilling (1/480)
Currency Pound sterling (1158-1970)
Composition Bronze
Weight 5.67 g
Diameter 25.4 mm
Thickness 1.3 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized 08-01-1969
References KM# 896,
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)
Sp# 4158
Coins of England & the United Kingdom
by Philip Skingley
(Spink)

Obverse

Young laureate bust of HM Queen Elizabeth II facing right, legend around.

NOTE: without 'BRITT:OMN'

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

Translation: Elizabeth the Second 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

Three-masted ship (Sir Francis Drake's Golden Hind) sailing left, denomination above, date below

Lettering:
HALF PENNY
HP
1958

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.

Edge

Plain

Comments

The standard weight of these pieces was 80 to the pound avoirdupois (1/5 ounce or 87½ grains).

We are indebted to Declan Magee Coins and Numista member Sjoelund for their kind permission to reproduce the images below which list some of the varieties for this series.

In 1954 there were two reverse varieties:
1954 - Reverse A - L of HALF at a bead, smaller teeth
1954 - Reverse B - L of HALF between beads, longer teeth

In 1956 there were four obverse/reverse varieties:
1956 - Obverse 3 / Reverse C - D of DEI between beads, I of DEI nearly at a bead, L of HALF between beads
1956 - Obverse 3 / Reverse D - D of DEI between beads, I of DEI nearly at a bead, L of HALF at a bead
1956 - Obverse 4 / Reverse C - D of DEI at a bead, I of DEI between beads, L of HALF between beads
1956 - Obverse 4 / Reverse D - D of DEI at a bead, I of DEI between beads, L of HALF at a bead

In 1957 there were two reverse varieties:
On the left -  Calm Sea
On the right - Normal (rough) Sea

In 1958 there were three reverse varieties:
1958 - Reverse E - 18.75 mm from mainmast to base of sea
1958 - Reverse F - 19.00 mm from mainmast to base of sea
1958 - Reverse G - 19.00 mm from mainmast to base of sea, shorter border teeth
In 1967 there were two rim varieties:
1967 - Obverse 3  - Normal (narrow) rim, I of GRATIA directly at a tooth
1967 - Obverse 4  - Wide rim, I of GRATIA slightly to the left of a tooth

For more about Halfpenny die variations:
http://www.brushwood.mintrasystems.com/cn1-shiphalfpenny.pdf

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
1954  Proof
1954  19,375,200 0.07 0.71 1.27 Rev A
1954  Rev B
1955  18,465,600 0.37 0.45 1.36
1955  Proof
1956  21,799,200 0.43 0.45 1.11 Obv 3 / Rev C
1956  Obv 3 / Rev D
1956  Obv 4 / Rev D
1956  Proof
1957  39,672,000 0.12 Calm Sea
1957  0.19 0.33 0.96 Normal Sea
1957  Proof
1958  Proof
1958  66,331,200 0.11 0.28 0.38 0.38 Rev E
1958  0.22 Rev F
1958  Rev G
1959  79,176,000 0.11 0.13 0.30 0.65 0.65 1.27
1959  Proof
1960  41,340,000 0.12 0.33 0.65 0.76
1960  Proof
1962  41,779,200 0.30 0.33 0.62 0.76 0.76
1962  Proof
1963  42,720,000 0.35 0.35 0.55 0.60 0.87 1.11
1963  Proof
1964  78,583,200 0.76 0.37 0.27 0.27 0.49 0.49 1.11
1964  Proof
1965  98,083,200 0.23 0.23 0.26 0.29 0.33 1.01
1965  Proof (reported not confirmed)
1966  95,289,600 0.12 0.34 0.30 0.30 0.45 0.78 0.99
1966  Proof (reported not confirmed)
1967  146,490,400 0.12 0.28 0.47 0.50 0.64 0.72 Obv 3 - Normal rim
1967  0.14 1.67 Obv 4 - Wide rim
1967  Proof (reported not confirmed)
1970  750,400 3.56 Proof only

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