Mintage:12,014,400 Reverse Designer:George Kruger GrayObverse Designer:Thomas H. PagetSize:25.5mmWeight:5.67gEdge:PlainComposition:97% Copper 2.5% Zinc 0.5% Tin
The Kangaroo design continued into this type but after the independence of India in late 1947, IND IMP needed to be omitted
from the obverselegend, however, it was not until 1949 that
this was done. The obverse still features an uncrowned bust of King George
VI facing to the left but the legend changed to GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX FIDEI DEF. ( George VI, by the grace of
god, Ruler and King of Britain, Defender of the Faith ) and was used up until the end of George VI's reign in 1952.
The series is relatively easy to complete but the 1951 plain and 1952-A are quite difficult to find in
mint state, especially if sought with a good strike. Type set collectors would best aim for 1951-PL which is almost
always well struck up and, unlike its silver counterparts of higher denominations, the surfaces tend to be in a lot better
condition permitting higher grades. The Perth
struck half pennies in all years which is signified by a dot after the Y of PENNY or a dot
after the A of AUSTRALIA in the case of the 1952. In 1951 the London
helped strike the
for the year with the PL
after PENNY on the reverse. In addition, some Perth
half pennies do not display the Y dot
although these are quite rare.
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