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Coin: Halfpenny 1923
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 . 1923 .

CountryAustralia CurrencyAustralian Pound
Face value1/2 (x Penny) TypeHalfpenny - Commonwealth of Australia
Year1923 CurrentNo (demonetised 1966)
Mintage1,113,600 (1.1 million)
Mints
NameMint markMintage
Sydney Mint No mint mark 1,113,600 (1.1 million)
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 . 1923 .

Reverse inscription

ONE HALF PENNY COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA 1923

EdgePlain Edge inscription

None

Notes

Mintage figures indicate 1,113,600 (Renniks Australian Coin and Banknote Guide 1965, Australian Coin Chart 1965). However most of these were dated 1922, with only around 15,000 dated 1923.

In other words, the EFFECTIVE mintage of coins DATED 1923 is 15,000. Earlier estimates (Remick 1971) indicated 50,000.

[Article] Sharples, John. 1985. Australian Coins 1919 to 1924. Journal of the Numismatic Association of Australia. 1 (July): 4-18.:

"In 1922 the Sydney Branch of the Royal Mint produced sixpence and halfpenny coins for the Commonwealth using dies supplied from Melbourne. In 1923 the future of the Sydney Mint looked very uncertain (it was eventually closed in 1926) but they did strike 1,113,600 halfpenny pieces that year. However no 1923 dated dies had been supplied; the entire issue of this denomination in 1923 bore the date 1922. In July 1923 the Melbourne Mint received an order for one thousand pound of halfpenny coins (480,000 coins) and in September three pairs of dies dated 1923 for the halfpenny denomination were issued from the workshop. One of these was immediately returned for more work. The other two dies cracked early in production so the coin is quite rare. This proof, or specimen strike, was made at the same time as the 1924 proof coins - it was made from the same obverse die and with the third reverse, by then returned from the workshop."

Halfpenny 1923: Known varieties
VarietyMintageDetails
Proof unknown
Halfpenny 1923: Photos
Halfpenny 1923: Photo Proof Coin - Halfpenny, Australia, 1923
Proof Coin - Halfpenny, Australia, 1923
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Halfpenny 1923: Photo Proof Coin - Halfpenny, Australia, 1923
Proof Coin - Halfpenny, Australia, 1923
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Halfpenny 1923: Photo Australia 1923 half penny
Australia 1923 half penny
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Halfpenny 1923: Photo Australia 1923 half penny
Australia 1923 half penny
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Halfpenny 1923: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsAustralia KM# 22
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote ValuesA14
Australian Coin ChartH15
Halfpenny 1923: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Museums Victoria Collections 2016 Coin description link
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote Values 1965 Mint
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote Values 1965 Mintage
Australian Coin Chart 1965 Mintage
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Varieties Proof
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Halfpenny 1923: Some useful external links
Australia 1923 half penny - CoinFactsWiki Museums Victoria: Proof Coin - Halfpenny, Australia, 1923
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List of all (51) coins of type: Australia / Halfpenny
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