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 FIDEI DEF. below the head in small lettering are the artist's initials HP. The reverse features, a kangaroo leaping right; around above, AUSTRALIA; around below HALF PENNY. (small dot after the word PENNY). The date, 1949 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.
After the Independence of India, this is the first Halfpenny issue where King George VI is not styled "Emperor of India".
Bare head of King George VI facing left; around, the monarch's legend in Latin GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX FIDEI DEF. (George VI, by the Grace of God, King of all the Britains, Defender of the Faith); below the neck truncation in small letters are the artist's initials HP (for [Thomas] Humphrey Paget).
||GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX FIDEI DEF.
At centre a kangaroo leaping right; around above, AUSTRALIA; around below, the denomination HALF PENNY.. The date 1949 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 (listed in catalogues as "Y.").
||AUSTRALIA 1949 HALF PENNY
Remick's Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1649 - 1971 lists mintage of 20,208,000.
Krause catalogues list mintage of 22,310,000.