Mintage:638,400 Reverse Designer:W. H. J. BlakemoreObverse Designer:Sir E. B. MacKennelSize:26mmWeight:5.67gEdge:PlainComposition:97% Copper 2.5% Zinc 0.5% Tin
The 1930 half penny, while generally put alongside the 1931 in terms of rarity despite its higher
mintage, is in fact a much scarcer coin,
especially when sought in mint state. While the 1931 is readily available up to MS63, the 1930
is a different story being very scarce up to MS63 and rare in higher grades. The most likely explanation is that the 1930
was circulated during the high of the depression, and being a low denomination, it was also the most circulated coin of the
time. The financial situation of most Australians at the time meant that any money brought in was almost instantly spent
resulting in a lower than average amount of mint state pieces available. Australians simply could
not afford to hoard coins at the time. The coin is usually quite well struck up showing 8 pearls in George V's crown right
down to the mid-XF level. Mint lustre is of a glossy, cartwheel appearance and generally undisturbed
on mint state coins. The Melbourne
also produced 6 proof of record strikes of both the half penny and penny.
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