Mintage:5,280,000 Reverse Designer:W. H. J. BlakemoreObverse Designer:Sir E. B. MacKennelSize:26mmWeight:5.67gEdge:PlainComposition:97% Copper 2.5% Zinc 0.5% Tin
The 1921 half penny is one of the easiest half pennies of George V which is certainly reflected in its value. This is
due to its relatively high initial
of just over 5 and a quarter million coins, but in higher grades this is assisted by the surfacing of at least two bank rolls creating some supply of mint state examples. The date is available
right up to MS65 and sales at the $500-600 level as of 2010 make this coin an affordable type coin
in higher mint state grades. Like the other Sydney
issues in 1919, 1920 and 1922, the 1921 often suffers from a central strike weakness precluding
Strike weakness on N of ONE
Sometimes the strike weakness is offcentreand affects the E of ONE. This is usually paired with a peripheral
die crack. This is usually paired with a strike weakness on the opposite position
obverse as in the below illustration.
Softly struck obverse of a 1921 half penny
This strike weakness, paired with the reverse peripheral die cracking,
usually affects the cheek of his majesty King George V, the 2nd set of pearls and his eye brow.
Rim impression about ALF of HALF
Another commonly seen strike
is an impression of a
above ALF of HALF on the reverse. These tend to command a small premium
in lower grades. The numerous striking
of the 1921 half penny show the failing equipment of the ageing Sydney
which had been operating for 66 years, and was due for closure in just 5 more years.
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