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1939 Australia Half Penny - King George VI - A
This was one of the coins produced in the same year prior to the change over of the design from the words "One Half Penny" to the sculpted Kangaroo.
A nice example from this period.
The Australian Halfpenny was a coin used in the Commonwealth of Australia prior to decimalisation. The coin was first minted in 1911 and stopped being minted in 1964, excluding 1937, 1956 - 1958 inclusive. When the Australian currency was decimalised on 14 February 1966 the coin was equal to 5⁄12¢.
There were in total 6 variites of Half Pennies minted between 1911 and 1966 when decimalisation occured.
Mints: H – Birmingham M – Melbourne S- Sydney
Mint Marks: H - Ralph Heaton Birmingham I - India
1938-1948 All Half Pennies in this period were as follows.
Diameter 25.5 mm
Weight 5.67 grams
Edge – Plain
Bronze composition: 97% copper, 2.5% zinc and 0.5% tin.
Obverse: Has a portrait of King George VI by Thomas H. Paget
Reverse: The sculpted kangaroo designed by George Kruger Gray