Mintage:5,760,000 Reverse Designer:W. H. J. BlakemoreObverse Designer:Sir E. B. MacKennelSize:26mmWeight:5.67gEdge:PlainComposition:97% Copper 2.5% Zinc 0.5% Tin
As in 1916 and in 1918, the Calcutta mint struck half pennies
for Australia distinguishable by an I
below the lower scroll on the reverse much like the 1916.
I mintmark on the 1917 half penny
The 1917 half penny is a relatively common piece in lower grades though gets quite scarce in mint state
, especially if sought in the higher mint state grades with only 7 PCGS certified examples in mint state at this time, compared with 22 of the generally more expensive 1916
(PCGS Population Report, 2010
. This indicates that the year is somewhat undervalued with the sweet spot being at the MS64 level, though finding
one can still present quite a challenge with very few certified mint state examples appearing on
the market each year. One must take some care with this year to avoid
examples which seem abundant for the year, probably to make up for the lack of genuine mint state
examples. As with the 1916 Calcutta mint half penny, the 1917 is
almost always well struck up and so when the date does turn up, often makes better than average mint state
grades when compared with other half penny years.
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