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Coin: Halfpenny 1939 Kangaroo
Description

A bronze coin (25.5 mm diameter with plain edge) featuring a bare head of George VI facing left; around, GEORGIVS VI D: G: BR: OMN: REX F: D: IND: IMP: ; below the head in small lettering the artist's initials HP. The reverse features, a kangaroo leaping right; around above, AUSTRALIA; around below HALF PENNY. The date, 1939 is below the Kangaroo and the Federation star follows the word PENNY. The artist's initials, KG are below the kangaroo's tail near the rim.

This was the third issue in the name of George VI. A leaping kangaroo similar to that employed on the penny from 1938, but leaping right instead of left, was adopted for the new design. This reverse form remained in use until the last halfpenny in 1963.

CountryAustralia CurrencyAustralian Pound
Face value1/2 (x Penny) TypeHalfpenny - Kangaroo
Year1939 CurrentNo (demonetised 1966)
Mintage504,100 (504100)
Mints
NameMint markMintage
Melbourne Mint No mint mark 504,100 (504100)
MaterialBronze DesignerGeorge Kruger Gray
MonarchKing George VI EffigyPortrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)25.4000 Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)5.6700
Obverse

Bare head of George VI facing left; around, GEORGIVS VI D: G: BR: OMN: REX F: D: IND: IMP: ; below the head in small lettering the artist's initials HP.

Obverse inscription GEORGIVS VI D: G: BR: OMN: REX F: D: IND: IMP:
Reverse

At centre a kangaroo leaping right; around above, AUSTRALIA; around below HALF PENNY. The date, 1939 is below the Kangaroo and the Federation star follows the word PENNY. The artist's initials, KG are below the kangaroo's tail near the rim.

Reverse inscription

AUSTRALIA HALF PENNY 1939

EdgePlain Edge inscription

None

Notes

Remick's Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1649 - 1971 lists circulation mintage of 782,400 plus 100 proofs.

Halfpenny 1939 Kangaroo: Known varieties
VarietyMintageDetails
Proof 100 (included in main number)
Halfpenny 1939 Kangaroo: Photos
Halfpenny 1939 Kangaroo: Photo Proof Coin - Halfpenny, Australia, 1939
Proof Coin - Halfpenny, Australia, 1939
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Halfpenny 1939 Kangaroo: Photo Proof Coin - Halfpenny, Australia, 1939
Proof Coin - Halfpenny, Australia, 1939
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Halfpenny 1939 Kangaroo: Photo Australia 1939 half penny KM-41
Australia 1939 half penny KM-41
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Halfpenny 1939 Kangaroo: Photo Australia 1939 half penny KM-41
Australia 1939 half penny KM-41
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Halfpenny 1939 Kangaroo: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsAustralia KM# 41
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote ValuesA31
Australian Coin ChartH31
Halfpenny 1939 Kangaroo: 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 Circulation mintage
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mintage Proof mintage
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Varieties Proof
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Halfpenny 1939 Kangaroo: Links to sites that (may) sell similar coins
1939(m) George VI Australian Bronze Half Penny - Silveragecoins.com
Halfpenny 1939 Kangaroo: Some useful external links
Australia 1939 half penny KM-41 - CoinFactsWiki Museums Victoria: Proof Coin - Halfpenny, Australia, 1939
List of all (51) coins of type: Australia / Halfpenny
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