½ Penny - George VI with 'IND:IMP'

½ Penny - George VI (with 'IND:IMP') -  obverse½ Penny - George VI (with 'IND:IMP') -  reverse

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Features

Issuer United Kingdom
King George VI (1936-1952)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1937-1948
Value 1/2 Penny = 1/24 Shilling (1/480)
Currency Pound sterling (1158-1970)
Composition Bronze
Weight 5.67 g
Diameter 26 mm
Thickness 1.3 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized 1 August 1969
Number N# 870
Numista type number (https://numista.com)
References KM# 844,
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# 4115
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

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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Date Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1937  24 504 000 $ 2.19 $ 0.28 $ 0.46 $ 0.70 $ 1.13 $ 3.76 23%
1937  4 0.15% Matte Proof
1937  26 400 $ 13 0.3% Proof
1938  40 320 000 $ 0.12 $ 0.32 $ 0.36 $ 0.57 $ 1.31 $ 4.62 $ 3.18 28%
1938  0.3% Proof
1939  28 924 800 $ 0.11 $ 0.23 $ 0.34 $ 0.57 $ 1.31 $ 2.66 25%
1939  0.2% Proof
1940  0.4% Proof
1940  32 162 400 $ 0.19 $ 0.11 $ 0.27 $ 0.57 $ 1.48 $ 0.94 22% reverse varieties exist
1941  45 120 000 $ 0.15 $ 0.12 $ 0.19 $ 0.46 $ 1.26 $ 2.66 29%
1941  0.3% Proof
1942  71 908 800 $ 0.53 $ 0.23 $ 0.39 $ 0.57 $ 1.13 $ 2.83 $ 4.53 36%
1942  0.3% Proof
1943  76 200 000 $ 0.31 $ 0.19 $ 0.22 $ 0.51 $ 0.95 $ 2.03 $ 6.33 37%
1943  0.4% Proof
1944  81 840 000 $ 0.62 $ 0.41 $ 0.34 $ 0.62 $ 1.03 $ 3.89 $ 3.89 40%
1944  0.4% Proof
1945  57 000 000 $ 0.09 $ 0.11 $ 0.27 $ 0.51 $ 1.77 32%
1945  0.3% Proof
1946  22 725 600 $ 0.07 $ 0.24 $ 0.27 $ 0.70 $ 0.80 17%
1946  0.15% Proof
1947  21 266 400 $ 0.16 $ 0.20 $ 0.32 $ 0.51 $ 1.40 19%
1947  0.12% Proof
1948  26 947 200 $ 0.07 $ 0.48 $ 0.57 $ 0.57 $ 0.54 21%
1948  0.3% Proof

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