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½ Penny - George V Kookaburra Pattern - Type 1

½ Penny - George V (Kookaburra Pattern - Type 1) -  obverse ½ Penny - George V (Kookaburra Pattern - Type 1) -  reverse

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Features

Country Australia
(Australia)
Type Pattern
Year 1920
Value 1/2 Penny (1/480)
Metal Copper-nickel
Weight 1.97 g
Diameter 58 mm
Shape Square
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized yes
References KM# Pn13
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)

Obverse

Uncrowned head of King George facing left; circle legend with date below and a stop before and after the date

Lettering:
GEORGIVS V D.G.BRITT:OMN:REX
1920

Translation: George V by the Grace of God, King of all the British territories

Engraver: Douglas Richardson

Reverse

Kookaburra of inferior design as a result of being spoilt by the reducing machine. Bird perched on a long thin section of a tree branch.

Lettering:
AUSTRALIA
HALF
PENNY

Edge

Plain

Comments

Type: M1 / R1

Dies prepared by the Royal Mint, London

Between 1919 and 1921 a series of experiments were undertaken for a square coinage in nickel to replace the large bronze penny and halfpenny coins.

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½ Penny - George V (Kookaburra Pattern - Type 1)