Mintage:2,318,400 Reverse Designer:W. H. J. BlakemoreObverse Designer:Sir E. B. MacKennelSize:26mmWeight:5.67gEdge:PlainComposition:97% Copper 2.5% Zinc 0.5% Tin
The George V Half Penny series, lasting throughout George V's reign from 1911 to 1936, features a partitioned, circular
reverse design with COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA around the outer ring with
the year at the bottom and ONE HALF PENNY within the inner ring. The obverse
features the crowned bust of King George V facing to the left and the
legend, GEORGIVS V D.G. BRITT : OMN : REX F.
D. IND : IMP (George V, by the grace of god, Ruler and King of Britain, Defender of the Faith, Emperor of India).
Like most George V series, this a very popular series to collect. In lower grade, all dates can be acquired at reasonable
expense excluding the 1923 Half Penny. Type set collectors would do well aiming for the 1934, 1935,
1936 for good strikes though the 1911, 1912-H and 1919 are affordable if original mint brilliance
is desired. This series was struck at the London, Heaton, Bombay, Sydney and Melbourne
mints. From 1911 to 1915 the Royal
mint, London struck the half pennies
unless they bear the
H under the lower scroll on the reverse, which indicates they were
struck at the Heaton
mint. From 1916 to 1918 the Calcutta
struck half pennies bearing the
I under the lower scroll on the reverse. From 1919 to 1923 the Sydney
struck half pennies (although those struck in 1923 were dated 1922) with the rest of the series being struck by the Melbourne
mint, except in 1926 where both the
Melbourne and Sydney
were employed until the closing of the Sydney
later that year.
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