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Coin: Halfpenny 1942
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, 1942 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.

During World War II mints in India and the United States of America were employed to strike some of Australia's bronze and silver coinage.

CountryAustralia CurrencyAustralian Pound
Face value1/2 (x Penny) TypeHalfpenny - Kangaroo
Year1942 CurrentNo (demonetised 1966)
Mintage11,054,400 (11.1 million)
Mints
NameMint markMintage
Bombay Mint Dot before and after PENNY or HALF PENNY 6,000,000 (6.0 million)
Perth Mint Dot after Y 4,334,400 (4.3 million)
Melbourne Mint No mint mark 720,000 (720000)
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.

On coins struck in India, the additional mint mark I is below the front of the neck truncation.

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, 1942 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.

On coins struck in India, ". HALF PENNY ." - dots before and after represent the mint mark.

On coins struck in Perth, "HALF PENNY ." - the dot (smaller than the India ones) after PENNY represents the mint mark.

Reverse inscriptionAUSTRALIA HALF PENNY 1942
EdgePlain Edge inscriptionNone
Notes

Remick's Guide and Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1649 - 1971 lists the following mintages:
Melbourne Mint: 988,800,
Perth Mint: 4,334,400,
Bombay Mint: 6,000,009.

Halfpenny 1942: Known varieties
VarietyMintageDetails
Narrow date (Bombay Mint) unknown (included in main number)
Proof (Perth mint) unknown
Proof (Melbourne mint) unknown
Proof (Bombay mint) unknown
Elongated beads (new reverse), Bombay Mint unknown (included in main number) (hover mouse for text)
Halfpenny 1942: Photos
Halfpenny 1942: Photo Coin - Halfpenny, Australia, 1942
Coin - Halfpenny, Australia, 1942
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Notes: Melbourne Mint.
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Halfpenny 1942: Photo Coin - Halfpenny, Australia, 1942
Coin - Halfpenny, Australia, 1942
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Notes: Melbourne Mint.
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Halfpenny 1942: Photo Proof Coin - Halfpenny, Australia, 1942
Proof Coin - Halfpenny, Australia, 1942
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Notes: Proof. Perth Mint.
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Halfpenny 1942: Photo Proof Coin - Halfpenny, Australia, 1942
Proof Coin - Halfpenny, Australia, 1942
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Notes: Proof. Perth Mint.
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Halfpenny 1942: Photo Coin - Halfpenny, Australia, 1942
Coin - Halfpenny, Australia, 1942
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Notes: Bombay Mint.
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Halfpenny 1942: Photo Coin - Halfpenny, Australia, 1942
Coin - Halfpenny, Australia, 1942
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Notes: Bombay Mint. I under head.
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Halfpenny 1942: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsAustralia KM# 41
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote ValuesA34 (Melbourne), A35 (Perth), A36 (Bombay)
Australian Coin ChartH35 (Melbourne), H36 (Perth), H37 (Bombay)
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote ValuesA36A (Elongated beads variety)
Australian Coin ChartH38 (Elongated beads variety)
Halfpenny 1942: 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
Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins Varieties Proof (Perth Mint and Bombay Mint)
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Varieties Proof (Melbourne mint)
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote Values 1965 Varieties Elongated beads (New reverse) variety
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Halfpenny 1942: Links to sites that (may) sell similar coins
1942(b) I Narrow George VI Australian Bronze Half Penny - Silveragecoins.com 1942(b) I Wide George VI Australian Bronze Half Penny - Silveragecoins.com
1942(m) George VI Australian Bronze Half Penny - Silveragecoins.com 1942(p) George VI Australian Bronze Half Penny - Silveragecoins.com
Halfpenny 1942: Some useful external links
Museums Victoria: Coin - Halfpenny, Australia, 1942, Melbourne Mint Museums Victoria: Proof coin - Halfpenny, Australia, 1942, Melbourne Mint
Museums Victoria: Coin - Halfpenny, Australia, 1942, Calcutta Mint Drake Sterling Numismatics: 1942-I halfpenny long denticles variety
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List of all (51) coins of type: Australia / Halfpenny
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Halfpenny 1941 Halfpenny 1942 Halfpenny 1943 Halfpenny 1944 Halfpenny 1945 Halfpenny 1946
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