A bronze coin (25.5 mm diameter with plain edge) featuring a crowned and robed bust of George V facing left; around, GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP: ; below bust in small lettering the artist's initials B.M. The reverse features, within a circle of beads, the words ONE HALF PENNY in three lines above a plain scroll (the mint mark I is below this scroll); around the circle of beads, COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA . 1918 .
During World War I the Calcutta Mint was employed from 1916 to 1918 to strike bronze penny and halfpenny coins for Australia.
Crowned and robed bust of King George V facing left; around, the monarch's legend in Latin GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP: · (George V, by the Grace of God, King of all the Britains, Defender of the Faith, Emperor of India); in relief on the bust truncation, in small letters are the artist's initials B.M. (for [Sir Edgar] Bertram Mackennal).
||GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP: ·
At centre within a circle of beads, the denomination ONE HALF PENNY in three lines above a plain scroll; around above, outside the circle of beads, COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA; below, the date · 1918 ·.
The mint mark I of the Calcutta Mint is under the scroll.
||ONE HALF PENNY COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA 1918 I