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Australia George VI

1944  Half Penny reverse 1944  Half Penny obverse

1944 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 1944 half penny is one of the toughest pieces to acquire in the George VI series with a tiny mintage of just 720,000 pieces. The low mintage is a result of lack of demand due to the very high mintage figures in previous years to support the circulating currency needs brought about by foreign troops stationed in Australia. In addition to the low mintage, no mint rolls have surfaced making mint state pieces scarce. The year is available right up to MS64RB though only represented by 2 pieces in that grade (PCGS Population Chart, 2012) . Like the 1943, the date is usually struck without problems other than soft obverse hairlines.

Soft obverse of a 1944 half penny Soft obverse of a 1944 half penny

The date will represent a challenge to thedate setcollector if desired inmint statethough collectors aiming for an average circulated example should be able to source the piece in bulk lots though it may take some time.

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