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Coin: Halfpenny 1943
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, 1943 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.

CountryAustralia CurrencyAustralian Pound
Face value1/2 (x Penny) TypeHalfpenny - Kangaroo
Year1943 CurrentNo (demonetised 1966)
Mintage39,988,806 (40.0 million)
Mints
NameMint markMintage
Melbourne Mint No mint mark 33,988,806 (34.0 million)
Bombay Mint Dot before and after PENNY or HALF PENNY 6,000,000 (6.0 million)
Perth Mint Dot after Y unknown
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 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, 1943 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 1943
EdgePlain Edge inscriptionNone
Notes

Remick's Guide and Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1649 - 1971 lists the following mintages:
Melbourne Mint: 41,025,600,
Bombay Mint: 6,000,006.

Krause catalogues list the following mintages:
- Melbourne Mint: 33,989,000
- Bombay Mint: 6,000,000
plus an unknown number of proofs from the Perth Mint.

The Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1649 - 1971 and earlier editions of Krause list a "no I" variety not listed elsewhere.

Halfpenny 1943: Known varieties
VarietyMintageDetails
Proof (Perth mint) unknown
Proof (Bombay mint) unknown
Halfpenny 1943: Photos
Halfpenny 1943: Photo Coin - Halfpenny, Australia, 1943
Coin - Halfpenny, Australia, 1943
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Author:
Notes: Melbourne Mint.
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Halfpenny 1943: Photo Coin - Halfpenny, Australia, 1943
Coin - Halfpenny, Australia, 1943
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
Author:
Notes: Melbourne Mint.
source
Halfpenny 1943: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsAustralia KM# 41
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote ValuesA37 (Melbourne Mint) and A38 (Bombay Mint)
Australian Coin ChartH38a (Melbourne Mint) and H39 (Bombay Mint)
Halfpenny 1943: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Museums Victoria Collections 2016 Coin description link
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote Values 1965 Mint
Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins Mint Perth proofs
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote Values 1965 Mintage
Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins Varieties Proof
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Halfpenny 1943: Links to sites that (may) sell similar coins
1943(b) I George VI Australian Bronze Half Penny - Silveragecoins.com 1943(m) George VI Australian Bronze Half Penny - Silveragecoins.com
Halfpenny 1943: Some useful external links
Museums Victoria: Coin - Halfpenny, Australia, 1943
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List of all (51) coins of type: Australia / Halfpenny
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Halfpenny 1917 Halfpenny 1918 Halfpenny 1919 Halfpenny 1920 Halfpenny 1921 Halfpenny 1922
Halfpenny 1923 Halfpenny 1924 Halfpenny 1925 Halfpenny 1926 Halfpenny 1927 Halfpenny 1928
Halfpenny 1929 Halfpenny 1930 Halfpenny 1931 Halfpenny 1932 Halfpenny 1933 Halfpenny 1934
Halfpenny 1935 Halfpenny 1936 Halfpenny 1938 Halfpenny 1939 Commonwealth of Australia Halfpenny 1939 Kangaroo Halfpenny 1940
Halfpenny 1941 Halfpenny 1942 Halfpenny 1943 Halfpenny 1944 Halfpenny 1945 Halfpenny 1946
Halfpenny 1947 Halfpenny 1948 Halfpenny 1949 Halfpenny 1950 Halfpenny 1951 Halfpenny 1952
Halfpenny 1953 Halfpenny 1954 Halfpenny 1955 Halfpenny 1959 Halfpenny 1960 Halfpenny 1961
Halfpenny 1962 Halfpenny 1963 Halfpenny 1964