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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)
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, Hern# S58-68
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)
Hern's Handbook on South African Coins and Patterns
by Brian Hern
(JD Numismatic Corporation)

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·1943·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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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
1937  638,256 Hern#S58
1937  116 Hern#S58; Proof
1938  559,688 Hern#S59
1938  44 Hern#S59; Proof
1939  270,970 Hern#S60
1939  30 Hern#S60; Proof
1940  1,534,720 Hern#S61
1941  2,053,332 1.46 Hern#S62
1942  8,382,326 0.91 1.72 2.66 Hern#S63
1943  5,135,370 Hern#S64
1943  104 Hern#S64; Proof
1944  3,920,153 3.82 Hern#S65
1944  150 Hern#S65; Proof
1945  2,356,955 Hern#S66
1945  150 Hern#S66; Proof
1946  1,021,890 Hern#S67
1946  150 Hern#S67; Proof
1947  257,903 Hern#S68
1947  2,600 Hern#S68; Proof

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