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½ Penny - George VI with 'IND:IMP'

½ Penny - George VI (with 'IND:IMP') -  obverse ½ Penny - George VI (with 'IND:IMP') -  reverse

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Features

Country United Kingdom
King George VI (1936-1952)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1937-1948
Value 1/2 Penny = 1/24 Shilling (1/480 LSD)
Composition Bronze
Weight 5.67 g
Diameter 26 mm
Thickness 1.3 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized 08-01-1969
References KM# 844, Sp# 4115
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)
Coins of England & the United Kingdom
by Philip Skingley
(Spink)

Obverse

Uncrowned portrait of King George VI facing left, legend around.

Lettering:
GEORGIVS VI D:G:BR:OMN:REX F:D:IND:IMP:
HP

Translation: George the Sixth by the Grace of God King of all the Britains Defender of the Faith Emperor of India

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

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

Lettering:
HALF PENNY
HP
1943

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).

This type uses a slightly re-worked reverse die for each year. The differences are very small and only the 1940 can be said to have genuine varieties, as three reverses can be found with this date. The image below shows these differences and is reproduced with the kind permission of Declan Magee Coins and Numista member Sjoelund. Full details of the differences between all the reverses can be found in Freeman.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
1937  24,504,000 0.42 0.62 1.17 1.60
1937  4 Matte Proof
1937  26,400 Proof
1938  40,320,000 0.14 0.39 0.55 1.45
1938  Proof
1939  28,924,800 0.31 0.33 0.55 0.49
1939  Proof
1940  Proof
1940  32,162,400 0.09 0.34 0.69 1.35 reverse varieties exist
1941  45,120,000 0.14 0.28 0.45 1.22
1941  Proof
1942  71,908,800 0.69 0.18 0.34 0.55 1.25
1942  Proof
1943  76,200,000 0.13 0.16 0.16 0.47 0.99
1943  Proof
1944  81,840,000 0.47 0.57 0.27 0.61 0.55 2.81
1944  Proof
1945  57,000,000 0.31 0.49 1.95
1945  Proof
1946  22,725,600 0.12 0.36 1.11 0.79
1946  Proof
1947  21,266,400 0.14 0.31 0.48 0.68
1947  Proof
1948  26,947,200 0.10 0.24 0.55 0.45
1948  Proof

Values in the table above are expressed in USD. They are based on evaluations by Numista users and sales realized on Internet platforms. They serve as a measure, but they are not intended to be relied upon for buying, selling or exchanging coins. Numista does not buy or sell coins.

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