Mintage:UnknownReverse Designer:W. H. J. BlakemoreObverse Designer:Sir E. B. MacKennelSize:26mmWeight:5.67gEdge:PlainComposition:97% Copper 2.5% Zinc 0.5% Tin
The first half pennies struck by the Calcutta mint in India, as
indicated by an I
(see illustration below) were designated
to various public institutions including branches of the Royal mint
in Melbourne and London.
strikes feature a reflective mirror finish but this should not be confused with early business strikes which bear the similar characteristics. The
strikes are in some respects indistinguishable from the earliest business strikes as business strikes were produced from the same
and as such should only be considered if
can be proven.
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