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Coin: Halfpenny 1964
Description

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, 1964 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.

CountryAustralia CurrencyAustralian Pound
Face value1/2 (x Penny) TypeHalfpenny - Kangaroo
Year1964 CurrentNo (demonetised 1966)
Mintage18,230,401 (18.2 million)
Mints
NameMint markMintage
Perth Mint Y. 18,230,401 (18.2 million)
MaterialBronze DesignerGeorge Kruger Gray
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II EffigyPortrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait)
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)25.4000 Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)5.6700
Obverse

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.

Obverse inscription ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F : D : +
Reverse

At centre a kangaroo leaping right; around above, AUSTRALIA; around below, the denomination HALF PENNY.. The date 1964 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.").

Reverse inscriptionAUSTRALIA 1964 HALF PENNY
EdgePlain Edge inscriptionNone
Notes

Krause catalogues list circulation mintage of 18,230,000 and "1 known proof".

Renniks 1966 lists circulation mintage of 18,230,400 and no proofs. Remick 1971 lists the same circulation mintage and an unknown number of proofs.

Halfpenny 1964: Known varieties
VarietyMintageDetails
Proof 1 (included in main number)
Halfpenny 1964: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsAustralia KM# 61
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote ValuesA60
Australian Coin ChartH62
Halfpenny 1964: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Museums Victoria Collections 2016 Coin description
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote Values 1965 Mint
Renniks, Australian Coin and Banknote Values 1966 Mintage Circulation mintage
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mintage Circulation mintage
Australian Coin Chart 1966 Mintage Circulation mintage
Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins Mintage Proof mintage
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Varieties Proof
Halfpenny 1964: Links to sites that (may) sell similar coins
1964(p) Elizabeth II Australian Bronze Half Penny - Silveragecoins.com
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List of all (51) coins of type: Australia / Halfpenny
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