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Coin: Halfpenny 1951
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 FIDEI DEF. Below the head in small lettering are the artist's initials HP. The reverse features, a kangaroo leaping right; around above, AUSTRALIA; around below HALF PENNY.

The date, 1951 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.

For coins minted at the London Mint and the Birmingham Mint, the mint mark PL is in tiny letters near the rim after the word PENNY.

Some coins minted at the Perth Mint have a dot after PENNY., others do not.

CountryAustralia CurrencyAustralian Pound
Face value1/2 (x Penny) TypeHalfpenny - Kangaroo
Year1951 CurrentNo (demonetised 1966)
Mintage41,422,080 (41.4 million)
Mints
NameMint markMintage
Perth Mint No mint mark 29,422,080 (29.4 million)
Royal Mint London Letters PL 6,960,000 (7.0 million)
Heaton and Sons (Birmingham Mint) PL (same as the mint mark for the Royal Mint London). 5,040,000 (5.0 million)
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 FIDEI DEF. ; below the head in small lettering the artist's initials HP.

Obverse inscription GEORGIVS VI D: G: BR: OMN: REX FIDEI DEF.
Reverse

At centre a kangaroo leaping right; around above, AUSTRALIA; around below HALF PENNY.

The date, 1951 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.

For coins minted at the London Mint and the Birmingham Mint, the mint mark PL is in tiny letters near the rim after the word PENNY.

Reverse inscription

AUSTRALIA HALF PENNY 1951

EdgePlain Edge inscription

None

Notes

Some of the Perth half pennies have a Y. mint mark and some do not. Some catalogues treat the Y. half pennies as a variety, while for others the "no mint mark" half pennies are the variety to the norm.

The London and Birmingham half pennies have the same mint mark so are indistinguishable. Remick 1971 lists them together, with combined mintage of 12,000,000.

However, the "Renniks Australian Commonwealth Coinage Guide", 3rd edition (January 1965) lists the Birmingham half pennies separately (and with values different from the London half pennies), as having no PL mint mark. These are listed as Perth pennies with no mint mark in all other catalogues.

Krause catalogues list the following mintages:
- Perth Mint: 29,422,000
- PL mint mark: 17,040,000, of which Birmingham Mint 5,040,000, the rest Royal Mint London

Halfpenny 1951: Known varieties
VarietyMintageDetails
Proof (Y.) unknown
Proof (No dot) unknown
Proof (Royal Mint London) unknown
Y. None (included in main number) (hover mouse for text)
Halfpenny 1951: Photos
Halfpenny 1951: Photo Proof Coin - Halfpenny, Australia, 1951
Proof Coin - Halfpenny, Australia, 1951
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Notes: Proof. Perth Mint, no mint mark.
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Halfpenny 1951: Photo Proof Coin - Halfpenny, Australia, 1951
Proof Coin - Halfpenny, Australia, 1951
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
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Notes: Proof. Perth Mint.
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Halfpenny 1951: Photo Coin - Halfpenny, Australia, 1951
Coin - Halfpenny, Australia, 1951
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
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Notes: Perth Mint, Y. mint mark.
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Halfpenny 1951: Photo Coin - Halfpenny, Australia, 1951
Coin - Halfpenny, Australia, 1951
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
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Notes: Perth Mint.
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Halfpenny 1951: Photo Proof Coin - Halfpenny, Australia, 1951
Proof Coin - Halfpenny, Australia, 1951
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
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Notes: Proof. PL mint mark.
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Halfpenny 1951: Photo Proof Coin - Halfpenny, Australia, 1951
Proof Coin - Halfpenny, Australia, 1951
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
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Notes: Proof.
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Halfpenny 1951: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsAustralia KM# 42
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote ValuesA48 (PL), A49 (no mint mark) and A50 (Y.)
Australian Coin ChartH50 (Y.), H51 (Perth, no dot) and H52 (PL)
Halfpenny 1951: 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
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mintage
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Varieties Proof
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Halfpenny 1951: Links to sites that (may) sell similar coins
1951(p) w/ dot George VI Australian Bronze Half Penny - Silveragecoins.com 1951(p) w/o dot George VI Australian Bronze Half Penny - Silveragecoins.com
1951PL George VI Australian Bronze Half Penny - Silveragecoins.com
Halfpenny 1951: Some useful external links
Museums Victoria: Proof Coin - Halfpenny, Australia, 1951, no mint mark Museums Victoria: Coin - Halfpenny, Australia, 1951, Y. mint mark
Museums Victoria: Proof Coin - Halfpenny, Australia, 1951, PL mint mark
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
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