Mintage:3,014,000 Reverse Designer:W. H. J. BlakemoreObverse Designer:Thomas H. PagetSize:26mmWeight:5.67gEdge:PlainComposition:97% Copper 2.5% Zinc 0.5% Tin
In 1938, 7 months after the coronation of King George VI, Australian coins bearing his majesty's bust were produced. All
denominations except the half penny and sixpence were produced bearing the new Kruger Gray
reverse designs. The half penny would later get it in 1939. The 1938 half penny is a relatively easy date to acquire,
with a high
figure of over 3 million pieces, date set collectors should have no trouble obtaining the date
in circulated grades. In mint state the coin is also relatively easy to acquire due to its relatively
unique appearance, pairing the Old reverse with the new bust of King
George VI, a combination which would last just two years and as such the coin was frequently the target of hoarders.
Obtaining the coin above MS64 however, can still be quite a challenge with the date, like previous years being prone to
surface hairlines limiting the grading.The coin is almost always well struck up with some early
characteristics. Such coins are likely to have been struck from the commercial proofdies
of which 100
half pennies were produced. The flat appearance of the
strike tends to result in the
examples, which were not struck on polished planchets
looking rather dull and unlike the
1934 half pennies,
1938 half pennies do not tend to carry a premium over regular business strikes.
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