Mintage:2,160,000 Reverse Designer:W. H. J. BlakemoreObverse Designer:Sir E. B. MacKennelSize:26mmWeight:5.67gEdge:PlainComposition:97% Copper 2.5% Zinc 0.5% Tin
The third half penny struck for Australia was struck at the Royal mint
London in 1913. Just over 2 million half pennies were struck that year though it is quite a difficult piece to find in mint state with no notable hoards having turned up. Mint state examples tend
to be around the MS64 level though finding examples beyond this can be extremely difficult. Finding examples with original
mint brilliance can also be quite a challenge and is often favoured over higher grade
pieces. There are three variations in the date spacing and alignment for the 1913 half penny, the two most commonly attributed
are the wide date and narrow date
though Dean indicates a third exists which is similar to the narrow date except with a slight variance in the alignment
of the '9'
(Dean, J, 1964)
Narrow date - alternate alignment of 9
(Triton Technologies International Ltd, 2000)
The Wide date is scarcer than the Narrow date but out of the two narrow date
it is difficult to ascertain the relative scarcity as dealers and collectors rarely distinguish the two
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