½ New Penny - Elizabeth II 2nd portrait

½ New Penny - Elizabeth II (2nd portrait) -  obverse½ New Penny - Elizabeth II (2nd portrait) -  reverse

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Features

Country United Kingdom
Queen Elizabeth II (1952-date)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1971-1981
Value 1/2 New Penny (0.005 GBP)
Currency Pound sterling (decimalized, 1971-date)
Composition Bronze
Weight 1.78 g
Diameter 17.14 mm
Thickness 1.07 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized 12-31-1984
Number N# 856
Numista (https://numista.com)
References KM# 914,
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA.
And 4 more volumes.
Sp# A1
Emma Howard (editor); 2021. Coins of England & the United Kingdom : Pre-Decimal Issues (56th edition). Spink & Son, London, United Kingdom.
And 1 more volumes.

Obverse

Second crowned portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II right, wearing the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara, legend around.

Lettering: ELIZABETH·II D·G·REG·F·D·1975

Translation: Elizabeth the Second by the Grace of God Queen Defender of the Faith (Elizabeth II Dei Gratia Regina Fidei Defensatrix)

Engraver: Arnold Machin

Arnold Machin O.B.E., R.A. was a British artist, sculptor, coin and stamp designer.

Reverse

Central crown of St. Edward, denomination in letters above and numerals below.

Lettering:
NEW PENNY
½

Engraver: Christopher Ironside

Christopher Ironside FSIA 1970, OBE 1971, FRBS 1977 was an English painter and coin designer, particularly known for the reverse sides of the new British coins issued on decimalisation in 1971.

Edge

Plain

Comments

From Decimalisation Day on 15th February 1971, the production of the ½ New Penny was necessary since the old sixpence (with a decimal face value of 2.5p) continued in use up until 1980 and merchants had the ability to charge in nearly as small units as they could previously with the old money.

The Treasury continued to argue that the halfpenny was important in the fight against inflation until the coin became uneconomical to produce and consequently was demonetised and withdrawn from circulation in December 1984. Banks sent unused stocks back to the Royal Mint to be melted down, therefore less of the original mintage remains.

(former Spink ref. 4239)

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Date Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1971  1 394 188 250 0.07 0.12 0.12 0.20 0.24 0.44 0.99 74%
1971  1.31 1.2% BU (in blue wallet)
1971  350 000 1.97 3% Proof
1972  150 000 1.18 2.84 2% Proof
1973  365 680 000 0.07 0.12 0.19 0.17 0.20 0.69 1.18 34%
1973  100 000 1.63 1.2% Proof
1974  365 448 000 0.07 0.12 0.14 0.13 0.21 0.21 1.28 33%
1974  100 000 2.15 1.1% Proof
1975  197 600 000 0.12 0.12 0.14 0.15 0.15 0.63 1.13 23%
1975  100 000 1.18 1.0% Proof
1976  412 172 000 0.09 0.15 0.13 0.17 0.18 0.27 0.34 31%
1976  100 000 1.92 1.0% Proof
1977  66 368 000 0.07 0.13 0.15 0.15 0.24 0.56 2.42 18%
1977  193 000 1.30 1.5% Proof
1978  59 532 000 0.13 0.11 0.17 0.12 0.25 1.74 13%
1978  86 100 1.30 1.0% Proof
1979  219 132 000 0.09 0.12 0.20 0.18 0.18 0.20 0.98 22%
1979  81 000 1.30 0.9% Proof
1980  202 788 000 0.83 0.11 0.20 0.21 0.24 0.38 1.03 21%
1980  143 000 1.97 1.4% Proof
1981  46 748 000 0.12 0.25 0.14 0.25 0.25 0.67 10%
1981  100 300 1.45 1.3% Proof

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