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1940  Half Penny reverse 1940  Half Penny obverse

1940 Half Penny

Reverse Designer:George Kruger Gray Obverse Designer:Thomas H. Paget Size:26mm Weight:5.67g Edge:Plain Composition:97% Copper
2.5% Zinc
0.5% Tin


Sales History


The 1940 half penny is one of the easier dates in the series to acquire in mint state due to a number of hoards surfacing containing premium mint state coins. Typically these coins had good colour and graded around the MS63-64 level so acquiring the date above MS64RB can become quite challenging. The legend and rims are almost always strongly struck up giving the appearance of a deep strike due to the maturing Melbourne minting process but the obverse often exhibits a central strike weakness resulting in missing hairline detail as in the illustration below:

Missing hairline detail on the obverse of a 1940 half penny Missing hairline detail on the obverse of a 1940 half penny

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