Mintage:6,960,000 Reverse Designer:George Kruger GrayObverse Designer:Thomas H. PagetSize:26mmWeight:5.67gEdge:PlainComposition:97% Copper 2.5% Zinc 0.5% Tin
In 1951 the Royal Mint in London produced 6,960,000 pennies for Australia. In the same year
the Melbourne and Perth Mint produced a combined additional 29,422,000 pieces. The London variety
can be distinguished by a 'PL' mint-mark, abbreviated from pecunia londinii (money of London) or percussa londinio (struck
at London). The Perth Mint variety can be distinguished by a dot mint-mark located in the same spot.
London 'PL' mint-mark on the reverse of a 1951-PL Half Penny.
Perth dot mint-mark on the reverse of a 1951-Y Penny.
The 1951 London mint half penny is one of the easiest years in
the George VI series, and probably the easiest year to find in the upper mint
state grades. The strike is almost always perfect as with most London mint issues, and the colour ranges from an even chocolate
brown to a ripe, golden orange. For this reason this is often the date of choice for type set collectors.
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