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 lower plain scroll; around the circle of beads, COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA . 1924 .
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 · 1924 ·.
||ONE HALF PENNY COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA 1924
"In 1923 the Melbourne Mint obtained a punch for the numeral '4' from Stokes and Son and with it successfully changed the date of a florin die. They then ordered a full set of date punches from London to match the other numerals on their masters (VPRO Series 643, Unit 70, Div. IQ, Reg. 77/23 and 257/23 the punches were received on 8th Nov. 1923). On the 1924 dies of all denominations, the Melbourne Mint for the first time inserted the last numeral of the date."
Sharples, J.P. "Australian Coinage 1919 to 1924" JNAA, vol.1 p.18 .