Half Penny 1929, Coin from New Guinea, Territory of - detailed information

Half Penny 1929, Coin from New Guinea, Territory of (demonetised 1966)
CoinHalf Penny 1929

After World War I, New Guinea was administered by Australia (with an interruption due to Japanese occupation during World War II) until the independence of Papua New Guinea in 1975.

Between 1929 and 1945, special coins were minted for the territory by the Melbourne Mint but Australian coinage circulated too. The coins had the same denominations as their British and Australian counterparts from half penny through to shilling (no larger denominations were issued) but feature a central hole.

The half penny is a one year type. These coins were considered an unsuccessful experiment and were never released into circulation. The Melbourne Mint sold 400 in a set together with a 1929 penny. The rest of the mintage was melted.

MintMelbourne Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage24,000
Obverse
New Guinea, Territory of / Half Penny 1929 - obverse photo

Crown above a central hole flanked by two scepters; below, a native ornament (headdress?); around, the legend of the monarch: GEORGIUS V. D G REX ET IND. IMP.; below, the denomination 1/2. In tiny letters divided by the scepters, the designer's initials KG (for George Kruger Gray).

Obverse Inscription 1/2 GEORGIUS V. D G REX ET IND. IMP.
Reverse
New Guinea, Territory of / Half Penny 1929 - reverse photo

Native motifs forming a cross around central hole; around, TERRITORY OF NEW GUINEA HALF 1929 PENNY. Under the central hole separated by one of the motifs, tiny letters KG (for George Kruger Gray).

Reverse Inscription TERRITORY OF NEW GUINEA HALF 1929 PENNY
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Krause catalogues list mintage of 25,000.

Half Penny 1929: Known varieties
Variety Proof (Nickel)
Mintage Issued: 4
Variety Proof
Mintage Issued: unknown
Half Penny 1929: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mint
Australian Coin Chart 1966 Mintage
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Mintage Circulation and Nickel proof mintage
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Varieties Proof, Nickel proof
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Half Penny 1929: Details
CountryNew Guinea, Territory of
CurrencyNew Guinean Pound
Coin TypeHalf Penny
Issued1929
MonarchKing George V
Face Value1/2 (x Penny)
Total Mintage24,000
CurrentNo; demonetised 1966
MaterialCuproNickel
DesignerGeorge Kruger Gray
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound with hole
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Half Penny 1929: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsNew Guinea KM# 1 and KM# 1a (Nickel proof)
Australian Coin ChartNGH1