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Coin: Halfpenny 1920
Description

A bronze coin (25.5 mm diameter with plain edge) featuring a crowned and robed bust of George V facing left; around, GEORGIVS V D.G. BRITT: OMN: REX F.D. IND: IMP: ; below bust in small lettering the artist's initials B.M. The reverse features, within a circle of beads, the words ONE HALF PENNY in three lines above a plain scroll; around the circle of beads, COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA . 1920 .

CountryAustralia CurrencyAustralian Pound
Face value1/2 (x Penny) TypeHalfpenny - Commonwealth of Australia
Year1920 CurrentNo (demonetised 1966)
Mintage4,113,600 (4.1 million)
Mints
NameMintageMint mark
Sydney Mint 4,113,600 (4.1 million) No mint mark
Melbourne Mint unknown No mint mark
MaterialBronze DesignerWilliam Henry James Blakemore
MonarchKing George V EffigyPortrait by Bertram Mackennal (Crowned Bust)
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)25.4000 Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)5.6700
Obverse

Crowned and robed bust of George V facing left; around, GEORGIVS V D.G. BRITT: OMN: REX F.D. IND: IMP: ; below bust in small lettering the artist's initials B.M.

Obverse inscription GEORGIVS V D.G. BRITT: OMN: REX F.D. IND: IMP:
Reverse

At centre within a circle of beads, the words ONE HALF PENNY in three lines above a plain scroll; around the circle of beads, COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA . 1920 .

Reverse inscription

ONE HALF PENNY COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA 1920

EdgePlain Edge inscription

None

Notes

Krause catalogues list mintage at 4,114,000, plus an unknown number of proofs from the Melbourne Mint.

Greg McDonald's Pocket Guide to Australian Coins and Banknotes however says that "all circulation coins were struck by the Melbourne Mint", while there is also a Sydney Mint (specimen, or "proof") pattern. A Melbourne Mint specimen is listed separately.

Halfpenny 1920: Known varieties
VarietyMintageRarityDetails
Proof (Sydney Mint) unknown (hover mouse for text)
Proof (Melbourne Mint) unknown (hover mouse for text)
Halfpenny 1920: Photos
Halfpenny 1920: Photo Specimen Coin - Halfpenny, Australia, 1920
Specimen Coin - Halfpenny, Australia, 1920
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Halfpenny 1920: Photo Specimen Coin - Halfpenny, Australia, 1920
Specimen Coin - Halfpenny, Australia, 1920
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Halfpenny 1920: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsAustralia KM# 22
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote ValuesA11
Australian Coin ChartH12
Halfpenny 1920: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Museum Victoria Collections 2016 Coin description link
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote Values 1965 Mint
Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins Mint Proof mint
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote Values 1965 Mintage
Australian Coin Chart 1965 Mintage
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mintage
Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins Varieties Proof (Melbourne Mint)
McDonald, Australian Coins and Banknotes Varieties Proof (Sydney Mint)
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Halfpenny 1920: Links to sites that (may) sell similar coins
1920(sy) George V Australian Bronze Half Penny - Silveragecoins.com
Halfpenny 1920: Some useful external links
Museum Victoria Collections: Specimen Coin - Halfpenny, Australia, 1920
List of all (51) coins of type: Australia / Halfpenny
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