Mintage:720,000 Reverse Designer:W. H. J. BlakemoreObverse Designer:Sir E. B. MacKennelSize:26mmWeight:5.67gEdge:PlainComposition:97% Copper 2.5% Zinc 0.5% Tin
In 1915 the Heaton mint struck the last half pennies they would
produce for Australia during the reign of King George V signified by the H
beneath the lower scroll on the reverse, as with the 1912-H and the
1914-H half pennies. The 1915-H is by far the scarcest half penny, short of the 1923, largely owing to the low initial
of only 720,000 pieces. In mint state the 1915-H is also very scarce but the 1924 is probably
slightly scarcer with at least two examples of the 1915-H displaying full mint brilliance being
available. The H
is present below the lower scroll on the reverse on this coin.
H mintmark on the 1915 half penny
The coin is often poorly struck up on both faces, in particular around the center of the coin and sometimes around the
outer edge giving the appearance of a lower grade coin. Mint lustre is typically strong like the
1912 and 1914 half pennies from the Heaton mint making differentiation
between softly struck and worn examples quite easy.
Softly struck up crown of a 1915 half penny
As can be seen in the above photo of a mint state 1915 half penny, parts of the crown are completely
missing, most likely due to low
pressure applied to extend the working life of the dies.
(Sterling & Currency, 2008)
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