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Australia 1939 Halfpenny (Commonwealth Reverse)

Mint:Melbourne Mintage:2,443,200 Milling:Plain
Weight:5.67 grams Diameter:25.5 mm Composition:97% Copper, 2.5% Zinc, 0.5% Tin
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Wear
Obverse 3 - English
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Wear
Reverse Am - London (melbourne modified)
Designer: Thomas Hugh Paget (Initials 'HP' raised below truncation)
Design:Left facing profile of George VI
Legend:GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP .
Denticle Count:147 teeth
Mint mark: None
Designer: William Henry James Blakemore (no attribution)
Design:'ONE HALF PENNY' surrounded by 90 beads contained within concentric circles
Legend:• COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA •
Denticle Count:148 teeth
Mint mark: None
Characteristics:
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Value
BM
Ad
NP
8
Good
VG10
10
VG
F12
12
about F
F15
15
Fine
VF20
20
good F
VF25
25
about VF
VF30
30
Very Fine
VF35
35
good VF
EF40
40
about EF
EF45
45
Ext Fine
AU50
50
good EF
AU53
53
about Unc
AU55
58+
virt Unc
AU58
58-60
Uncirc
MS60
58-61
Uncirc
MS61
58-62
Uncirc
MS62
63-64
Choice Unc
MS63
64-65
near Gem
MS64
65-66
Gem
MS65
66-67
Gem
MS66
67-68
Gem
MS67
68
near Flaw
MS68
69
virt Flaw
MS69
70
Flawless
MS70
Proof
B
BV
+
NGC
 
 
PCGS
 
 
BV
+
NGC
 
 
PCGS
 
 
BV
+
NGC
 
 
PCGS
 
 
BV
+
NGC
 
 
PCGS
 
 
BV
+
NGC
 
 
PCGS
 
 
BV
+
NGC
 
 
PCGS
 
 
$3
+
NGC
 
 
PCGS
 
 
$5
+
NGC
1
 
PCGS
1
 
$8
+
NGC
 
 
PCGS
1
 
$10
+
NGC
1
 
PCGS
1
 
$15
+
NGC
1
 
PCGS
 
 
$20
+
NGC
5
 
PCGS
3
 
$25
+
NGC
5
 
PCGS
9
 
$30
+
NGC
 
 
PCGS
 
 
$40
+
NGC
 
 
PCGS
1
 
$50
+
NGC
 
 
PCGS
8
 
$75
+
NGC
4
 
PCGS
19
 
$125
+
NGC
1
 
PCGS
10
 
$250
+
NGC
2
 
PCGS
 
 
$500
+
NGC
 
 
PCGS
 
 
$750
+
NGC
 
 
PCGS
 
 
-
+
NGC
 
 
PCGS
 
 
-
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NGC
 
 
PCGS
 
 
-
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NGC
 
 
PCGS
 
 
Y
RB
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PCGS
 
 
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NGC
 
 
PCGS
 
 
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NGC
 
 
PCGS
 
 
$15
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NGC
 
 
PCGS
 
 
$20
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NGC
 
 
PCGS
 
 
$25
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NGC
 
 
PCGS
 
 
$30
+
NGC
 
 
PCGS
 
 
$40
+
NGC
 
 
PCGS
 
 
$50
+
NGC
 
 
PCGS
 
 
$75
+
NGC
 
 
PCGS
 
 
$100
+
NGC
 
 
PCGS
 
 
$125
+
NGC
3
 
PCGS
8
 
$300
+
NGC
3
 
PCGS
18
1
$600
+
NGC
 
 
PCGS
2
 
$1000
+
NGC
 
 
PCGS
 
 
$1750
+
NGC
 
 
PCGS
 
 
-
+
NGC
 
 
PCGS
 
 
-
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NGC
 
 
PCGS
 
 
-
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PCGS
 
 
Y
R
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PCGS
 
 
"
+
NGC
 
 
PCGS
 
 
"
+
NGC
 
 
PCGS
 
 
$50
+
NGC
 
 
PCGS
 
 
$75
+
NGC
 
 
PCGS
 
 
$100
+
NGC
 
 
PCGS
 
 
$125
+
NGC
 
 
PCGS
 
 
$300
+
NGC
 
 
PCGS
1
 
$600
+
NGC
 
 
PCGS
2
 
$1000
+
NGC
 
 
PCGS
1
 
$1750
+
NGC
 
 
PCGS
 
 
$4000
+
NGC
 
 
PCGS
 
 
-
+
NGC
 
 
PCGS
 
 
-
+
NGC
 
 
PCGS
 
 
-
+
NGC
 
 
PCGS
 
 
Y
BM
Benchmark
Ad
Adjectival
NP
NGC/PCGS
Collectable grades
Does not exist by definition

Investment grades
-
Unlikely to exist

Aspirational grades
BV
Bullion or metal value

Not known in these grades
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Value as above
Proof
Y (Yes)
N (Not known)
Last updated August 2020
Notes:
The 1939 Halfpenny started out with the long standing • COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA • reverse introduced in 1911, but during the year's production a new design was adopted featuring a scaled down version of the new kangaroo reverse used on the pennies. However, on the halfpennies the kangaroo was reversed to face right whereas on the pennies it faced left. The positioning of the designer's initials, 'K.G', was also moved to below the tail from its position above the tail on the pennies.