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Australia 1939 Halfpenny (Kangaroo Reverse)

Mint:Melbourne Mintage:Part 782,400 Estimate 1,000 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 B - London
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: George Edward Kruger-Gray (Initials 'KG' raised under tail)
Design:Kangaroo facing right *
Legend:AUSTRALIA HALF PENNY
Denticle Count:106 thick & 106 thin 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
$25
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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 at some point 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.

There were two distinct versions of the new 'Roo' reverse used on the halfpennies. The first unaltered London reverse (type B) is rare and is characterised by very detailed fur lines on the paws of the kangaroo and on the underside of the tail and the ear, as well as a series of prominent rib lines found at the juncture of the leg and torso. However, these features may only be visible on early strikes and so the easiest diagnostic feature for this variety is the double foot on the 'Y' of 'HALFPENNY'. The much more common reverse (Type Bm) reflected alterations undertaken by the Melbourne Mint, and is generally less detailed. This variety is readily identified by the foot of the 'Y' of 'HALFPENNY' which is truncated on the right hand side, and is best described as having a single foot.

Interestingly, both types of the 1939 'Roo' halfpenny have strong fur lines in the ear, a design feature that disappeared with the single foot 'Y' halfpennies produced from 1940 to 1949. Evident fur lines in the ear did not reappear until the double foot 'Y' Halfpenny re-emerged in 1950.