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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,
  • Schmidt, Tracy L. (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248979.
  • Michael, Thomas & Tracy L. Schmidt; 2016. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700 (7th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248573.
  • Michael, Thomas (editor); 2016. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800 (7th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440247064.
  • Schmidt, Tracy L. (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900 (9th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248955.
  • Schmidt, Tracy L. (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000 (47th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248962.
Sp# 4158
  • Emma Howard (editor); 2020. Coins of England & the United Kingdom: Pre-Decimal Issues (55th edition). Spink & Son, London, United Kingdom. ISBN 9781912667536.
  • Geoff Kitchen (editor); 2020. Coins of England & the United Kingdom: Decimal Issues (6th edition). Spink & Son, London, United Kingdom. ISBN 9781912667215.

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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Date Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1954  0.3% Proof
1954  19,375,200 0.07 0.14 0.12 0.80 1.44 15% Rev A
1954  1.37 1.9% Rev B
1955  18,465,600 0.59 0.40 0.47 1.48 16%
1955  0.17% Proof
1956  21,799,200 0.41 0.54 1.24 16% Obv 3 / Rev C
1956  0.5% Obv 3 / Rev D
1956  0.3% Obv 4 / Rev D
1956  0.17% Proof
1957  39,672,000 0.27 0.59 1.77 3% Calm Sea
1957  0.06 0.20 0.35 1.05 2.78 22% Normal Sea
1957  0.2% Proof
1958  0.3% Proof
1958  66,331,200 0.07 0.12 0.22 0.47 0.52 0.27 27% Rev E
1958  1.4% Rev F
1958  0.7% Rev G
1959  79,176,000 0.12 0.12 0.15 0.35 0.66 1.07 1.32 32%
1959  0.3% Proof
1960  41,340,000 0.06 0.06 0.14 0.35 0.71 0.81 23%
1960  0.2% Proof
1962  41,779,200 0.07 0.13 0.32 0.35 0.71 1.75 1.05 22%
1962  0.2% Proof
1963  42,720,000 0.33 0.20 0.59 0.63 1.71 1.76 24%
1963  0.3% Proof
1964  78,583,200 1.30 0.13 0.30 0.28 0.65 0.53 1.75 32%
1964  0.3% Proof
1965  98,083,200 0.13 0.28 0.24 0.27 0.31 0.41 1.07 34%
1965  0.3% Proof (reported not confirmed)
1966  95,289,600 1.30 0.33 0.32 0.30 0.59 0.48 1.07 34%
1966  0.5% Proof (reported not confirmed)
1967  146,490,400 1.30 0.17 0.32 0.35 0.52 0.68 0.85 44% Obv 3 - Normal rim
1967  0.20 1.76 4% Obv 4 - Wide rim
1967  0.6% Proof (reported not confirmed)
1970  750,400 3.54 5% Proof only

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