Half Penny, Coin Type from New Guinea, Territory of - detailed information

Half Penny, Coin Type from New Guinea, Territory of (issued 1929 - 1929)
Coin TypeHalf Penny

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.

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 Inscription1/2 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 InscriptionTERRITORY OF NEW GUINEA HALF 1929 PENNY
EdgePlain
Edge InscriptionNone
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Half Penny: Details
CountryNew Guinea, Territory of
CurrencyNew Guinean Pound
From1929
To1929
Face Value1/2 (x Penny)
CurrentNo (demonetised 1966)
MaterialCuproNickel
DesignerGeorge Kruger Gray
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound with hole
Size (mm)
Mass (g)
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New Guinea 1929 1/2 penny
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