Reverse Designer:W. H. J. BlakemoreObverse Designer:Sir E. B. MacKennelSize:26mmWeight:5.67gEdge:PlainComposition:97% Copper 2.5% Zinc 0.5% Tin
half penny is an elusive issue that shipped with the 1911
shilling and the 1911
florin in 1912 from the Royal mint London as presentation
for the Melbourne mint among other institutions. There are fewer
than 10 sets available, most if not all are in museum collections. The issue is often referred to as a matte
proof but the coins in the set were officially designated by the Royal
matte proofs issued by the Royal mint were
only produced in the silver denominations while the
strikes were produced in all denominations. The Royal mint also
produced approximately 2.8 million business strikes in 1911.
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