½ Penny - George V 1st portrait

½ Penny - George V (1st portrait) - obverse½ Penny - George V (1st portrait) - reverse

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Features

Issuer United Kingdom (United Kingdom, British Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies)
King George V (1910-1936)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1911-1925
Value ½ Penny (1⁄480)
Currency Pound sterling (1158-1970)
Composition Bronze (.950 Cu, .040 Sn, .015 Zn)
Weight 5.67 g
Diameter 25.5 mm
Thickness 1.28 mm
Shape Round
Technique Milled
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized 1 August 1969
Number
N#
871
References KM# 809,
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, United States.
And 5 more volumes.
Sp# 4056
Emma Howard (editor); 2021. Standard Catalogue of British Coins : Coins of England & the United Kingdom Pre-Decimal Issues (56th edition). Spink & Son, London, United Kingdom.
And 2 more volumes.

Obverse

Uncrowned portrait of King George V left, legend around.

Script: Latin

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

Unabridged legend: Georgius V Dei Gratia Britanniae Omniae Rex Fidei Defensor Indiae Imperator

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

Reverse

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

Script: Latin

Lettering:
HALF PENNY
1917

Engraver: Leonard Charles Wyon

Edge

Plain

Mint

Royal Mint (Tower Hill), London, United Kingdom (1810-1975)

Comments

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

1911 die varieties:

Obverse 1 flat neck, D of DEI points between beads;
Obverse 1* hollow neck, D of DEI points at a bead;
Reverse A date close to exergue line, small beads with gap to rim;
Reverse A* gap between date and exergue line, large beads with no gap to rim;

We are indebted to Declan Magee Coins and Numista member
Sjoelund for the image below indicating the differences.



1925 die varieties:

KM#809, Sp#4056 1st portrait
KM#824, Sp#4057 Modified effigy

We are indebted to Declan Magee Coins and Numista member
Sjoelund for the image below indicating the differences.

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Date Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1911  12 570 800 $ 0.20 $ 0.56 $ 1.40 $ 1.40 $ 1.40 17% varieties exist
1912  21 185 900 $ 0.20 $ 0.54 $ 0.59 $ 1.40 $ 2.80 23%
1913  17 476 400 $ 0.14 $ 0.34 $ 0.61 $ 1.10 $ 1.60 19%
1914  20 289 100 $ 0.11 $ 0.53 $ 1.10 $ 1.10 22%
1915  Photo 21 563 000 $ 0.23 $ 0.33 $ 0.70 $ 1.00 $ 1.00 22%
1916  39 386 100 $ 0.12 $ 0.25 $ 0.80 $ 0.89 $ 0.89 32%
1917  38 245 400 $ 0.15 $ 0.37 $ 0.72 $ 0.76 $ 0.90 31%
1918  22 321 000 $ 0.12 $ 0.36 $ 0.69 $ 1.10 $ 3.60 23%
1919  28 104 000 $ 0.13 $ 0.36 $ 0.64 $ 1.20 $ 1.20 26%
1920  35 146 700 $ 0.19 $ 0.30 $ 0.63 $ 1.10 $ 1.20 30%
1921  28 027 200 $ 0.20 $ 0.35 $ 0.69 $ 0.69 $ 1.40 26%
1922  10 734 900 $ 0.25 $ 0.25 $ 0.60 $ 1.10 $ 2.20 15%
1923  12 266 200 $ 0.27 $ 0.42 $ 0.80 $ 1.10 $ 1.10 16%
1924  13 971 000 $ 0.09 $ 0.23 $ 0.75 $ 0.90 $ 2.60 18%
1924  2 0.18% Specimen
1925  Photo 12 216 100 $ 0.12 $ 0.32 $ 0.60 $ 1.10 $ 1.30 16% mintage incl. KM#824 (see comments)

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Past sales

Pictures Sale Date Version Grade Sold price
Picture 1 of a sold ½ Penny - George V (1st portrait)
Heritage Auctions
2023 October 22 - 23 Spotlight: Great Britain World Coins Showcase Auction 61344
Lot 25618
Internet Archive
Oct 22, 2023 1915 UNC
(NGC MS63 Red and Brown)
USD 52.00
(incl. buyer's premium)
Picture 1 of a sold ½ Penny - George V (1st portrait)Picture 1 of a sold ½ Penny - George V (1st portrait)
Heritage Auctions
Thursday World & Ancient Coins Weekly Online Auction 231936
Lot 61261
Internet Archive
Sep 5, 2019 1925 – mintage incl. KM#824 (see comments) UNC
(PCGS MS65 Red)
USD 65.00
(incl. buyer's premium)
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