A bronze coin (25.5 mm diameter with plain edge) featuring a laureate head of Elizabeth II facing right; around, ELIZABETH.II.DEI.GRATIA.REGINA F: D: the artist's initials M.G. incuse on the bust truncation.The reverse features, a kangaroo leaping right; around above, AUSTRALIA; around below HALF PENNY. The date, 1961 is below the Kangaroo and the Federation star follows the word PENNY. The dot after the word PENNY is the mint mark.The artist's initials, KG are below the kangaroo's tail near the rim.
||Mintage||20,184,080 (20.2 million)
Laureate bust of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (the effigy by Mary Gillick known as the "First portrait"); the designer's initials, M.G., appear incuse on the base of the neck truncation. The monarch's legend ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F : D : + (Elizabeth the Second, by the grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith) runs continuously all around the bust.
||ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F : D : +
At centre a kangaroo leaping right; around above, AUSTRALIA; around below, the denomination HALF PENNY.. The date 1961 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 1961 HALF PENNY
Remick 1971 lists circulation mintage of 24,364,800 plus 1,040 proofs.