New Zealand: Coin Halfpenny 1953 - detailed information

New Zealand: Coin Halfpenny 1953
CoinHalfpenny 1953

On the death of King George VI in 1952, Princess Elizabeth became Elizabeth II. She was Head of the Commonwealth and queen of seven independent Commonwealth countries: the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Pakistan, and Ceylon. Her coronation was held on 2 June 1953 and her portrait, by Mary Gillick, appears on the New Zealand coinage from that year.

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Obverse
New Zealand / Halfpenny 1953 - obverse photo

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 QUEEN · ELIZABETH · THE · SECOND + runs continuously all around the bust.

Obverse Inscription QUEEN · ELIZABETH · THE · SECOND +
Reverse
New Zealand / Halfpenny 1953 - reverse photo

At centre, between two Māori scroll designs, a tiki (Māori carved figure); around, NEW ZEALAND HALF PENNY; below, the date 1953.

Reverse Inscription NEW ZEALAND HALF PENNY 1953
EdgePlain
Edge InscriptionNone
Notes

The Queen's effigy on the 1953, 1954 and 1955 coins has a small variation from the standard in that there are no shoulder straps visible.

Reference to original information:

84th Annual Report of the Deputy Master and Comptroller of the Royal Mint 1953, p.8.:

"New Zealand - 250,000 crowns, 120,000 halfcrowns, 250,000 florins, 200,000 shillings, 1,200,000 sixpences, 4,000,000 threepences, 2,400,000 pennies and 120,000 halfpence were struck.

All bore on the obverse the uncrowned effigy of Her Majesty by Mrs. Gillick, O.B.E., together with the inscription "QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND". The reverse designs of the denominations from the halfpenny to the halfcrown were unchanged, but the reverse design of the crown was new.

It consisted of a Maori carving, surmounted by the crowned Royal Cypher, all between five-pointed stars, representing the Southern Cross, and the inscription "NEW ZEALAND CROWN 1953". Mr. T.H. Paget modeled the design in plaster according to a drawing from New Zealand. The design is illustrated in Plate A, Fig. 9.

7,000 specimen sets of all denominations were also supplied in cases."

The number "120,000" above seems to be a typing error though, as all catalogues agree on 720,000 plus 7,000 proofs.

Halfpenny 1953: Known varieties
Variety Proof New Zealand / Halfpenny 1953 / Proof - obverse photo New Zealand / Halfpenny 1953 / Proof - reverse photo
Mintage 7,000 (included in total)
Variety Matte proof
Mintage unknown
Halfpenny 1953: References to Information Used
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Museums Victoria Collections 2016 Coin description link
Royal Mint 1953 Mint
Royal Mint 1953 Mintage Circulation and proof mintage
Reserve Bank of New Zealand 15 Oct 2014 Mintage link Combined mintage
John Bertrand, New Zealand Coin and Banknote Catalogue 1965 Mintage Circulation and proof mintage
Renniks, New Zealand Coinage Guide 1965 - 1966 Mintage Combined mintage
Australian Coin Chart 1966 Mintage Combined mintage
Royal Mint 1953 Varieties Proof
John Bertrand, New Zealand Coin and Banknote Catalogue 1965 Varieties Proof
John Bertrand, New Zealand Coin and Banknote Catalogue 1965 - Valuations
Renniks, New Zealand Coinage Guide 1965 - 1966 Valuations
Halfpenny 1953 / Best-effort future value guesstimates based on past value trends in currency: New Zealand Dollar (NZD)
MintVarietyGrade2018201920202021
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Royal MintBrilliant Uncirculated (BU) 39.20 38.58 37.97 37.36
Royal MintUncirculated (UNC) 25.00 24.82 24.63 24.45
Royal MintAlmost Uncirculated (aUNC) 24.50 24.12 23.73 23.35
Royal MintExtra Fine (EF, XF) 9.80 9.65 9.49 9.34
Royal MintFine (F) 3.21 3.26 3.31 3.35
Halfpenny 1953 / Best-effort future value guesstimates based on past value trends in currency: US Dollar (USD)
MintVarietyGrade2018201920202021
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Royal MintMatte proofProof 95.13 92.31 89.50 86.68
Royal MintBrilliant Uncirculated (BU) 17.12 16.39 15.67 14.94
Royal MintUncirculated (UNC) 10.51 10.07 9.63 9.20
Royal MintExtra Fine (EF, XF) 4.39 4.25 4.11 3.97
Royal MintVery Fine (VF) 0.49 0.48 0.47 0.47
Royal MintFine (F) 0.19 0.19 0.19 0.18
Historic values in NZD for Halfpenny 1953 / Royal Mint / (generated 8/2018). Inflation-corrected to 2017.
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Historic values in USD for Halfpenny 1953 / Royal Mint / (generated 8/2018). Inflation-corrected to 2017.
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Historic values in USD for Halfpenny 1953 / Matte proof / Royal Mint / (generated 8/2018). Inflation-corrected to 2017.
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All Coins of Country: New Zealand, Type: Halfpenny (24)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Halfpenny 1940 3,432,005 Portrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR
Halfpenny 1941 960,000 Portrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR
Halfpenny 1942 1,920,000 Portrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR
Halfpenny 1944 2,035,200 Portrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR
Halfpenny 1945 1,516,800 Portrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR
Halfpenny 1946 3,120,000 Portrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR
Halfpenny 1947 2,726,400 Portrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR
Halfpenny 1949 1,766,400 Portrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget KING GEORGE THE SIXTH
Halfpenny 1950 1,425,600 Portrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget KING GEORGE THE SIXTH
Halfpenny 1951 2,342,400 Portrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget KING GEORGE THE SIXTH
Halfpenny 1952 2,400,000 Portrait by Thomas Humphrey Paget KING GEORGE THE SIXTH
Halfpenny 1953 727,000 Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) QUEEN · ELIZABETH · THE · SECOND +
Halfpenny 1954 240,000 Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) QUEEN · ELIZABETH · THE · SECOND +
Halfpenny 1955 240,000 Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) QUEEN · ELIZABETH · THE · SECOND +
Halfpenny 1956 1,200,000 Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) QUEEN · ELIZABETH · THE · SECOND +
Halfpenny 1957 1,440,000 Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) QUEEN · ELIZABETH · THE · SECOND +
Halfpenny 1958 1,920,000 Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) QUEEN · ELIZABETH · THE · SECOND +
Halfpenny 1959 1,920,000 Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) QUEEN · ELIZABETH · THE · SECOND +
Halfpenny 1960 2,400,000 Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) QUEEN · ELIZABETH · THE · SECOND +
Halfpenny 1961 2,880,000 Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) QUEEN · ELIZABETH · THE · SECOND +
Halfpenny 1962 2,880,000 Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) QUEEN · ELIZABETH · THE · SECOND +
Halfpenny 1963 1,680,000 Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) QUEEN · ELIZABETH · THE · SECOND +
Halfpenny 1964 2,880,000 Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) QUEEN · ELIZABETH · THE · SECOND +
Halfpenny 1965 5,225,010 Portrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait) QUEEN · ELIZABETH · THE · SECOND +
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Halfpenny 1953: Details
CountryNew Zealand
CurrencyNew Zealand Pound
Coin TypeHalfpenny
Issued1953
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyPortrait by Mary Gillick (First Portrait)
Face Value1/2 (x Penny)
CurrentNo (demonetised 1967)
Mintage727,000
RarityC (Common)
MaterialBronze
DesignerLeonard Cornwall Mitchell
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
Size (mm)25.4800
Mass (g)5.6699
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Halfpenny 1953: Photos
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Proof Coin - 1/2 Penny, New Zealand, 1953
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Proof Coin - 1/2 Penny, New Zealand, 1953
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Coin - 1/2 Penny, New Zealand, 1953
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Halfpenny 1953: Catalogue Reference IDs