Mintage:720,000 Reverse Designer:George Kruger GrayObverse Designer:Thomas H. PagetSize:26mmWeight:5.67gEdge:PlainComposition:97% Copper 2.5% Zinc 0.5% Tin
The 1944 half penny is one of the toughest pieces to acquire in the George VI series with a tiny
of just 720,000 pieces. The low
is a result of lack of demand due to the very high
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
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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