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, a kangaroo leaping right; around above, AUSTRALIA; around below HALF PENNY. The date, 1942 is below the Kangaroo and the Federation star follows the word PENNY. The artist's initials, KG are below the kangaroo's tail near the rim.
During World War II mints in India and the United States of America were employed to strike some of Australia's bronze and silver coinage.
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).
On coins struck by the Bombay Mint in India, the additional mint mark I is below the front of the neck truncation.
||GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP.
At centre a kangaroo leaping right; around above, AUSTRALIA; around below, the denomination HALF PENNY. The date 1942 is below the kangaroo and the seven pointed Federation star follows the word PENNY. The artist's initials, KG (for [George] Kruger Gray) are below the kangaroo's tail near the rim.
On coins struck in India, the denomination is rendered as .HALF PENNY. - dots before and after it represent the mint mark.
On coins struck by the Perth Mint, HALF PENNY. - the dot (smaller than the India ones) after PENNY represents the mint mark.
||AUSTRALIA 1942 HALF PENNY
Remick's Guide and Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1649 - 1971 lists the following mintages:
Melbourne Mint: 988,800,
Perth Mint: 4,334,400,
Bombay Mint: 6,000,009.