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Coin: Half Penny 1929
Description

After World War I, New Guinea was administered by Australia (with an interruption due to Japanese occupation during World War II) until the independence of Papua New Guinea in 1975.

Between 1929 and 1945, special coins were minted for the territory by the Melbourne Mint but Australian coinage circulated too. The coins had the same denominations as their British and Australian counterparts from half penny through to shilling (no larger denominations were issued) but feature a central hole.

The half penny is a one year type. These coins were considered an unsuccessful experiment and were never released into circulation. The Melbourne Mint sold 400 in a set together with a 1929 penny. The rest of the mintage was melted.

CountryNew Guinea, Territory of CurrencyNew Guinean Pound
Face value1/2 (x Penny) TypeHalf Penny
Year1929 CurrentNo (demonetised 1966)
Mintage24,000 (24000)
Mints
NameMintageMint mark
Melbourne Mint 24,000 (24000) No mint mark
MaterialCuproNickel DesignerGeorge Kruger Gray
MonarchKing George V Effigy
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound with hole
Size (mm) Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)
Obverse

Crown above a central hole flanked by two scepters; below, a native ornament (headdress?); around, the legend of the monarch: GEORGIUS V. D G REX ET IND. IMP.; below, the denomination 1/2. In tiny letters divided by the scepters, the designer's initials KG (for George Kruger Gray).

Obverse inscription 1/2 GEORGIUS V. D G REX ET IND. IMP.
Reverse

Native motifs forming a cross around central hole; around, TERRITORY OF NEW GUINEA HALF 1929 PENNY. Under the central hole separated by one of the motifs, tiny letters KG (for George Kruger Gray).

Reverse inscription

TERRITORY OF NEW GUINEA HALF 1929 PENNY

EdgePlain Edge inscription

None

Notes

Krause catalogues list mintage of 25,000.

Half Penny 1929: Known varieties
VarietyMintageRarityDetails
Proof (Nickel) 4
Proof unknown
Half Penny 1929: Photos
Half Penny 1929: Photo New Guinea 1929 1/2 penny
New Guinea 1929 1/2 penny
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Half Penny 1929: Photo New Guinea 1929 1/2 penny
New Guinea 1929 1/2 penny
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Half Penny 1929: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsNew Guinea KM# 1 and KM# 1a (Nickel proof)
Australian Coin ChartNGH1
Half Penny 1929: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mint
Australian Coin Chart 1966 Mintage
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mintage Circulation and Nickel proof mintage
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Varieties Proof, Nickel proof
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Half Penny 1929: Some useful external links
New Guinea 1929 1/2 penny - CoinFactsWiki ½ Penny - George V - New Guinea - Numista