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1916-I  Half Penny reverse 1916-I  Half Penny obverse

1916-I Half Penny

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Reverse Designer:W. H. J. Blakemore Obverse Designer:Sir E. B. MacKennel Size:26mm Weight:5.67g Edge:Plain Composition:97% Copper
2.5% Zinc
0.5% Tin


Sales History


In 1916 the Calcutta mint struck its first half pennies for Australia and would continue to do so until the end of World War I in 1918. Australian coinage would not be struck again at an Indian mint until World War II. The Calcutta mint half pennies struck from 1916 to 1918 are identified by an I mintmark beneath the lower scroll on the reverse.

I mintmark of a 1916 half penny I mintmark of a 1916 half penny

The 1916-I is moderately scarce in top grades, especially if sought with original mint brilliance . It is almost always well struck up permitting typical mint state grades from MS63 to MS64. The business strikes often feature a specimen -like finish and one should be careful not to confuse this with either a genuine specimen strike or a cleaned piece. A very small number of 1916 half pennies were struck muled with the obverse of an Indian one quarter anna.

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