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Australia George VI

1951 Proof Half Penny reverse 1951 Proof Half Penny obverse

1951 Proof Half Penny

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Reverse Designer:George Kruger Gray Obverse Designer:Thomas H. Paget Size:25.5mm Weight:5.67g Edge:Plain Composition:97% Copper
2.5% Zinc
0.5% Tin


Sales History


The Kangaroo design continued into this type but after the independence of India in late 1947, IND IMP needed to be omitted from the obverse legend, 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 mint struck half pennies in all years which is signified by a dot after the Y of PENNY or a dot mintmark after the A of AUSTRALIA in the case of the 1952. In 1951 the London mint helped strike the mintage for the year with the PL mintmark after PENNY on the reverse. In addition, some Perth mint half pennies do not display the Y dot mintmark although these are quite rare.

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