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Australia George V

1920 Specimen Half Penny reverse 1920 Specimen Half Penny obverse

1920 Specimen Half Penny

Mintage:Unknown Mint:Sydney Monarch:George V 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


The specimen 1920 half pennies were the first half pennies struck bearing the date 1920 at the Sydney mint. They feature an even surface, similar to the 1919 specimen half penny, unlike the cartwheel reflective surface of the business strike . This should not be confused with a dulled business strike which would show increased unevenness at the microscopic level and will almost certainly be paired with other imperfections from circulation or mint handling. It is unknown how many specimens were produced at the Sydney mint in 1920 but a figure of about 5-7 would be consistent with other years that the Sydney mint produced specimens.

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