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Australia Elizabeth II

1954-Y Proof Half Penny reverse 1954-Y Proof Half Penny obverse

1954-Y Proof Half Penny

Reverse Designer:George Kruger Gray Obverse Designer:Mary Gillick Size:26mm Weight:5.67g Edge:Plain Composition:97% Copper
2.5% Zinc
0.5% Tin


Sales History


The Kangaroo design continued into this type, while after the coronation of Elizabeth II in late 1952, the obverse design changed to the bust of Elizabeth II facing to the right with the legend, ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA ('Elizabeth II, by the grace of god, queen'), designed by Mary Gillick. This legend continued until 1955, unlike other denominations where it concluded in 1954, but was altered due to public outcry of the omission of FIDEI DEF ('defender of the faith').

All three dates are available though difficult compared with the rest of the Elizabeth II series, especially if sought in higher mint state grades with all dates above MS63 being very scarce. The Perth mint struck all 3 years despite the absence of a mintmark on the 1955. The 1953 features a dot after the 'A' in AUSTRALIA and the 1954 features a dot after the 'Y' of PENNY.

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