Mintage:4,608,000 Reverse Designer:George Kruger GrayObverse Designer:Thomas H. PagetSize:26mmWeight:5.67gEdge:PlainComposition:97% Copper 2.5% Zinc 0.5% Tin
In 1948 the Melbourne mint struck 4.6 million half pennies in
addition to the Perth
mintage. The issue is relatively scarce
though collectors should have no problem finding the issue in low grade though in mint state the
issue is scarce but when it does turn up it is almost always in MS64 due to the problem-free strikes characteristic of the
Melbourne mint. In addition, the coin is often found with considerable
original mint brilliance much like its larger penny counterpart. The year can be differentiated
from the Perth mint type by the absence of a dot
after the Y in penny.
No dot after Y indicates a Melbourne mint issue (this coin)
A dot after the Y indicates a Perth mint issue
High grade date set collectors should aim for this date in at least MS64RB, going up to MS65 or an MS64RD grade whenever
possible. The issue makes an excellent choice for type set collectors too due to its availability in mint state especially
among collectors who find mint brilliance important.
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