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Coin: Halfpenny 1953
Description

On the death of King George VI in 1952, Princess Elizabeth became Elizabeth II. She was Head of the Commonwealth and queen of seven independent Commonwealth countries: the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Pakistan, and Ceylon. Her coronation was held on 2 June 1953 and her portrait, by Mary Gillick, appears on the New Zealand coinage from that year.

CountryNew Zealand CurrencyNew Zealand Pound
Face value1/2 (x Penny) TypeHalfpenny
Year1953 CurrentNo (demonetised 1967)
Mintage727,000 (727000)
Mints
NameMint markMintage
Royal Mint London No mint mark 727,000 (727000)
MaterialBronze DesignerLeonard Cornwall Mitchell
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II EffigyPortrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait)
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)25.5000 Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)5.7000
Obverse

Laureate bust of Queen Elizabeth II right; around, + QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND; artist's initials incuse on neck truncation, MG (Mary Gillick).

Obverse inscription QUEEN · ELIZABETH · THE · SECOND +
Reverse

At centre, between two Maori scroll designs, a tiki; around, NEW ZEALAND HALF PENNY; below, 1953.

Reverse inscription

NEW ZEALAND HALF PENNY 1953

EdgePlain Edge inscription

None

Notes

The Queen's effigy on the 1953, 1954 and 1955 coins has a small variation from the standard in that there are no shoulder straps visible.

Reference to original information:

84th Annual Report of the Deputy Master and Comptroller of the Royal Mint 1953, p.8.:

"New Zealand - 250,000 crowns, 120,000 halfcrowns, 250,000 florins, 200,000 shillings, 1,200,000 sixpences, 4,000,000 threepences, 2,400,000 pennies and 120,000 halfpence were struck.

All bore on the obverse the uncrowned effigy of Her Majesty by Mrs. Gillick, O.B.E., together with the inscription "QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND". The reverse designs of the denominations from the halfpenny to the halfcrown were unchanged, but the reverse design of the crown was new.

It consisted of a Maori carving, surmounted by the crowned Royal Cypher, all between five-pointed stars, representing the Southern Cross, and the inscription "NEW ZEALAND CROWN 1953". Mr. T.H. Paget modeled the design in plaster according to a drawing from New Zealand. The design is illustrated in Plate A, Fig. 9.

7,000 specimen sets of all denominations were also supplied in cases."

The number "120,000" above seems to be a typing error though, as all catalogues agree on 720,000 plus 7,000 proofs.

Halfpenny 1953: Known varieties
VarietyMintageDetails
Proof 7,000 (included in main number)
Matte proof unknown
Halfpenny 1953: Photos
Halfpenny 1953: Photo Proof Coin - 1/2 Penny, New Zealand, 1953
Proof Coin - 1/2 Penny, New Zealand, 1953
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Halfpenny 1953: Photo Proof Coin - 1/2 Penny, New Zealand, 1953
Proof Coin - 1/2 Penny, New Zealand, 1953
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Halfpenny 1953: Photo Coin - 1/2 Penny, New Zealand, 1953
Coin - 1/2 Penny, New Zealand, 1953
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Halfpenny 1953: Photo Coin - 1/2 Penny, New Zealand, 1953
Coin - 1/2 Penny, New Zealand, 1953
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Halfpenny 1953: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsNew Zealand KM# 23.1
Renniks, New Zealand Coinage Guide12
Australian Coin ChartNH14
Halfpenny 1953: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Museums Victoria Collections 2016 Coin description link
Royal Mint 1953 Mint
Royal Mint 1953 Mintage Circulation and proof mintage
Reserve Bank of New Zealand 15 Oct 2014 Mintage link Combined mintage
John Bertrand, New Zealand Coin and Banknote Catalogue 1965 Mintage Circulation and proof mintage
Renniks, New Zealand Coinage Guide 1965 - 1966 Mintage Combined mintage
Australian Coin Chart 1966 Mintage Combined mintage
Royal Mint 1953 Varieties Proof
John Bertrand, New Zealand Coin and Banknote Catalogue 1965 Varieties Proof
John Bertrand, New Zealand Coin and Banknote Catalogue 1965 - Valuations
Renniks, New Zealand Coinage Guide 1965 - 1966 Valuations
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Halfpenny 1953 / Best-effort future value guesstimates based on past value trends in currency: NZD. See FAQ before use!
Years
MintVarietyGrade201620172018
Royal Mint LondonBrilliant Uncirculated (BU) 38.94 38.17 37.41
Royal Mint LondonAlmost Uncirculated (aUNC) 24.34 23.86 23.38
Royal Mint LondonExtra Fine (EF, XF) 9.73 9.54 9.35
Royal Mint LondonFine (F) 3.45 3.65 3.85
Halfpenny 1953 / Best-effort future value guesstimates based on past value trends in currency: USD. See FAQ before use!
Years
MintVarietyGrade201620172018
Royal Mint LondonBrilliant Uncirculated (BU) 19.65 19.34 19.03
Royal Mint LondonUncirculated (UNC) 12.02 11.72 11.42
Royal Mint LondonExtra Fine (EF, XF) 4.91 4.84 4.76
Royal Mint LondonVery Fine (VF) 0.49 0.48 0.48
Royal Mint LondonFine (F) 0.20 0.19 0.19
Royal Mint LondonProofProof 86.38 85.39 84.40
Historic values in NZD for Halfpenny 1953 / Royal Mint London / (generated 10/2016). Inflation-corrected to 2015.
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Historic values in USD for Halfpenny 1953 / Royal Mint London / (generated 10/2016). Inflation-corrected to 2015.
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Historic values in USD for Halfpenny 1953 / Matte proof / Royal Mint London / (generated 10/2016). Inflation-corrected to 2015.
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Historic values in USD for Halfpenny 1953 / Proof / Royal Mint London / (generated 10/2016). Inflation-corrected to 2015.
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Halfpenny 1953: Links to sites that (may) sell similar coins
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Halfpenny 1953: Some useful external links
Museums Victoria: Proof Coin - 1/2 Penny, New Zealand, 1953 Museums Victoria: Coin - 1/2 Penny, New Zealand, 1953
List of all (24) coins of type: New Zealand / Halfpenny
Halfpenny 1940 Halfpenny 1941 Halfpenny 1942 Halfpenny 1944 Halfpenny 1945 Halfpenny 1946
Halfpenny 1947 Halfpenny 1949 Halfpenny 1950 Halfpenny 1951 Halfpenny 1952 Halfpenny 1953
Halfpenny 1954 Halfpenny 1955 Halfpenny 1956 Halfpenny 1957 Halfpenny 1958 Halfpenny 1959
Halfpenny 1960 Halfpenny 1961 Halfpenny 1962 Halfpenny 1963 Halfpenny 1964 Halfpenny 1965