Mintage:4,608,000 Figure shared with: 1933/2 Overdate Reverse Designer:W. H. J. BlakemoreObverse Designer:Sir E. B. MacKennelSize:26mmWeight:5.67gEdge:PlainComposition:97% Copper 2.5% Zinc 0.5% Tin
The 1933 is one of the most common half pennies in the series owing to its high
figure of 4.6 million pieces. It is a very common coin in circulated grades and relatively easy to obtain in mint state up to MS64 though grades beyond this will command strong premiums due to their sheer rarity
much like other dates of the 1930s. This is due to the rough handling process at the
causing surface hairlines limiting typical
uncirculated examples to MS64. The vast sum of half pennies required in the recovering Australian economy wasn't
met without issues. The number of
on hand was short of what was required to produce the 4 million half pennies requested by the treasury. This problem
was overcome by
to produce the 1933/2
half penny. A similar technique was used with the penny. The Melbourne
also produced a proof of record strike in 1933.
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