½ Penny - George VI

Features

Country South Africa
King George VI (1936-1952)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1937-1947
Value 1/2 Penny = 1/24 Shilling = 1/480 Pound (1/480)
Currency Pound (1825-1961)
Composition Bronze
Weight 5.67 g
Diameter 25.6 mm
Thickness 1.76 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized 03-31-1961
References KM# 24,
  • 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.
Hern# S58-68
Brian Hern, John Bothma, Hercie Peterse; 2017. Hern's Handbook on South African Coins and Patterns 2017/18 (9th edition). Gary Levitan, Ferndale, South Africa.

Obverse

Head of George VI left.

Lettering:
GEORGIVS VI REX IMPERATOR
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

A ship, 'Dromedaris', sailing to right, legend in English and Afrikaans either side, with date above and denomination below.

Lettering:
SOUTH·AFRICA·1937·SUID·AFRIKA
KG
1/2D

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

The Dromedaris is one of the three vessels which brought Jan van Riebeeck and his small group of people to South Africa from Holland in 1652 in order to establish a refreshment station on behalf of the Dutch East India Company.

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1937  638,256 11% Hern#S58
1937  116 0.6% Hern#S58; Proof
1938  559,688 1.19 8% Hern#S59
1938  44 0.3% Hern#S59; Proof
1939  270,970 2.98 6% Hern#S60
1939  30 0.3% Hern#S60; Proof
1940  1,534,720 18% Hern#S61
1941  2,053,332 0.75 2.03 21% Hern#S62
1942  8,382,326 0.26 1.79 2.38 55% Hern#S63
1943  5,135,370 1.19 2.28 21% Hern#S64
1943  104 0.8% Hern#S64; Proof
1944  3,920,153 1.01 14% Hern#S65
1944  150 0.3% Hern#S65; Proof
1945  2,356,955 2.38 0.66 16% Hern#S66
1945  150 0.3% Hern#S66; Proof
1946  1,021,890 11% Hern#S67
1946  150 0.3% Hern#S67; Proof
1947  257,903 4% Hern#S68
1947  2,600 0.8% Hern#S68; Proof

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