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½ Penny - George V

½ Penny - George V -  obverse½ Penny - George V -  reverse

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Features

Country United Kingdom
King George V (1910-1936)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1911-1925
Value 1/2 Penny = 1/24 Shilling (1/480)
Currency Pound sterling (1158-1970)
Composition Bronze
Weight 5.67 g
Diameter 25.5 mm
Thickness 1.28 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized 08-01-1969
References KM# 809,
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)
Sp# 4056
Coins of England & the United Kingdom
by Philip Skingley
(Spink)

Obverse

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

Lettering: GEORGIVS V DEI GRA:BRITT:OMN:REX FID:DEF:IND:IMP

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

Engraver: Edgar Bertram MacKennal

Sir Edgar Bertram Mackennal, KCVO, usually known as Bertram Mackennal, was an Australian sculptor, most famous for designing the coinage and stamps bearing the likeness of King George V. Signature: "BM".

Reverse

Seated figure of Britannia right, trident in left hand, shield bearing the Union flag in right, denomination around, date in exergue, sea behind

Lettering:
HALF PENNY
1917

Engraver: Leonard Charles Wyon

Leonard Charles Wyon was a British engraver of the Victorian era most notable for his work on the gold and silver coinage struck for the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1887 and the bronze coinage of 1860 with the second head portrait, in use from 1860 to 1894.

Edge

Plain

Comments

The standard weight of these pieces was 80 to the pound avoirdupois (1/5 ounce or 87½ grains).

Two obverse and reverse die varieties exist for the 1911 dated issues.
We are indebted to Declan Magee Coins and Numista member
Sjoelund for the image below indicating the differences.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1911  12,570,800 0.85 1.53 3.72 17% varieties exist
1912  21,185,900 0.21 0.34 1.41 2.17 23%
1913  17,476,400 0.11 0.56 1.20 1.20 3.66 18%
1914  20,289,100 0.09 0.65 1.45 1.45 21%
1915  21,563,000 0.12 0.30 0.81 1.08 21%
1916  39,386,100 0.09 0.39 1.01 1.03 31%
1917  38,245,400 0.07 0.55 0.76 0.76 30%
1918  22,321,000 0.11 0.35 1.22 1.22 21%
1919  28,104,000 0.13 0.34 0.81 1.20 24%
1920  35,146,700 0.12 0.27 0.65 1.03 1.03 29%
1921  28,027,200 0.20 0.36 0.74 0.75 25%
1922  10,734,900 0.09 0.65 0.65 1.25 14%
1923  12,266,200 0.16 0.45 1.19 2.53 14%
1924  13,971,000 0.08 0.13 0.78 0.78 17%
1924  2 0.2% Specimen
1925  12,216,100 0.21 0.90 0.90 1.08 14%

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.

Frequencies show the percentage of Numista users who own each year or variety among all the users who own this coin. Since some users own several versions, the sum may be greater than 100%.

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