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 mint mark is the small dot after the word PENNY). The date, 1945 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.
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 a kangaroo leaping right; around above, AUSTRALIA; around below, the denomination HALF PENNY.. The date 1945 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.
The dot after the denomination is the mint mark of the Perth Mint on this issue.
||AUSTRALIA 1945 HALF PENNY
Remick's Guide and Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1649 - 1971 lists mintage of 3,494,400. Krause catalogues list mintage at 3,033,000.
Renniks lists the "no dot" varieties as minted by the Melbourne Mint.