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Australia George VI

1943-I  Half Penny reverse 1943-I  Half Penny obverse

1943-I 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


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With World War II in full force, metals being diverted to the war effort and an increase in spending due with foreign troops stationed in Australia, Australia sought the help of foreign mints to produce its circulating currency. Pennies and half pennies were, while produced at the Perth and Melbourne mints, also produced at the Bombay mint in India with 6 million half pennies being struck there in 1943. The Bombay mint 1943 half penny can be identified by a number of features. A dot mintmark before and after HALF PENNY on the reverse. Thicker reverse rim beading and an I mintmark underneath the bust of King George VI on the obverse.

Dot after Y of the 1943-I Half Penny Dot after Y of the 1943-I Half Penny

The mintmark I under King George V on the obverse The mintmark I under King George V on the obverse

The date is one of the easier in the series with onemint rollsurfacing offering pieces with fullmint brillianceto the marketplace. The coin has an added demand from type set collectors due to its sharp strike and heavyrim beadingproviding a better representation piece for the series, especially when compared to the typically weak Perth mintstrikes.

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