Mintage:782,000 Reverse Designer:George Kruger GrayObverse Designer:Thomas H. PagetSize:26mmWeight:5.67gEdge:PlainComposition:97% Copper 2.5% Zinc 0.5% Tin
The 1939 kangaroo reverse half penny formed the latter half of the
1939 issue after the old reverse issue. It is by far the scarcer issue
of just 782,000 but as it was the first issue of this new design it was subject to hoarding resulting in an above average
survival rate in mint state. Consequently the coin is quite a bit easier to acquire in higher grades
than the 1939 old reverse but commands stronger prices nonetheless due
to the perceived rarity from its low mintage. The issue is almost always well struck up due to freshly prepared
resulting in a dulled brilliance on some earlier strikes similar
to early 1938 issues. Date set collectors should aim for at least MS63RB considering the availability
though pricing may be somewhat off-putting.
Roo Reverse on 1939 Proof Half Penny.
Old Reverse on a 1939 Half Penny.
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