A bronze coin (25.5 mm diameter with plain edge) featuring a bare head of George VI facing left; around, GEORGIVS VI D: G: BR: OMN: REX F: D: IND: IMP: ; below the head in small lettering the artist's initials HP. The reverse features, within a circle of beads, the words ONE HALF PENNY in three lines above a plain scroll; around the circle of beads, COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA . 1938 .
This was the first issue in the name of George VI. No new design for the halfpenny reverse was approved until 1939, it and the sixpence of George VI continued the reverse forms of George V. The other denominations had new designs.
Bare head of King George VI facing left; around, the monarch's legend in Latin GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP. (George the Sixth, by the Grace of God, King of all the Britains, Defender of the Faith, Emperor of India); below the neck truncation in small letters are the artist's initials HP (for [Thomas] Humphrey Paget).
||GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : 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 · 1938 ·.
||ONE HALF PENNY COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA 1938
Remick 1971 lists mintage of 5,174,400.