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Coin: Halfpenny 1953
Description

A bronze coin (25.5 mm diameter with plain edge) featuring a laureate head of Elizabeth II facing right; around, ELIZABETH.II.DEI.GRATIA.REGINA The reverse features, a kangaroo leaping right; around above, AUSTRALIA (a dot after AUSTRALIA near the rim is the mint mark); around below HALF PENNY. The date, 1953 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.

Specimens (proofs) were produced this year for official purposes only. According to CoinFactsWiki:

"Struck for Queen Elizabeth II's Coronation in 1953, a minuscule total of twelve, penny through florin, sets were officially produced at the Melbourne Mint, with the entire mintage ending up in the possession of the Chase Manhattan Bank in New York for their currency museum. Clearly, later deaccessioned or distributed, less than half of these have made their way to auction over the following six decades. The Halfpenny, missing from the standard Coronation set, was actually struck separately at the Perth mint (identified by the dot after Australia). While the true mintage remains unknown, its rarity likely even surpasses that of the sets."

CountryAustralia CurrencyAustralian Pound
Face value1/2 (x Penny) TypeHalfpenny - Kangaroo
Year1953 CurrentNo (demonetised 1966)
Mintage23,967,376 (24.0 million)
Mints
NameMint markMintage
Perth Mint Dot after A in Australia 23,967,376 (24.0 million)
MaterialBronze DesignerGeorge Kruger Gray
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II EffigyPortrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait)
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)25.4000 Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)5.6700
Obverse

Laureate head of Elizabeth II facing right; around, ELIZABETH . II . DEI . GRATIA . REGINA.

Obverse inscription + ELIZABETH . II . DEI . GRATIA . REGINA
Reverse

At centre a kangaroo leaping right; around above, AUSTRALIA(a dot after AUSTRALIA near the rim is the mint mark); around below HALF PENNY. The date, 1953 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 inscriptionAUSTRALIA HALF PENNY 1953
EdgePlain Edge inscriptionNone
Notes

Krause catalogues list mintage of 23,967,000 plus 16 proofs.

Halfpenny 1953: Known varieties
VarietyMintageDetails
Proof 16 (included in main number) (hover mouse for text)
Halfpenny 1953: Photos
Halfpenny 1953: Photo Australia 1953(p) half penny
Australia 1953(p) half penny
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Notes: Proof.
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Halfpenny 1953: Photo Australia 1953(p) half penny
Australia 1953(p) half penny
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Notes: Proof.
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Halfpenny 1953: Photo Proof Coin - Halfpenny, Australia, 1953
Proof Coin - Halfpenny, Australia, 1953
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Notes: Proof.
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Halfpenny 1953: Photo Proof Coin - Halfpenny, Australia, 1953
Proof Coin - Halfpenny, Australia, 1953
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Notes: Proof.
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Halfpenny 1953: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsAustralia KM# 49
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote ValuesA52
Australian Coin ChartH54 and H54a (dot below top of A)
Halfpenny 1953: 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
Australian Coin Chart 1965 Mintage Circulation mintage
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mintage Circulation mintage
Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins 1988 Mintage Proof mintage
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Varieties Proof
Museums Victoria Collections 2016 Varieties Proof
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Halfpenny 1953: Links to sites that (may) sell similar coins
1953(p) Elizabeth II Australian Bronze Half Penny - Silveragecoins.com
Halfpenny 1953: Some useful external links
Australia 1953(p) half penny - CoinFactsWiki Museums Victoria: Proof Coin - Halfpenny, Australia, 1953
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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