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Australia 1940 Halfpenny

Mint:Melbourne Mintage:3,881,100 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 Bm - 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: 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
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$200
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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:
By 1940, World War II was causing severe shortages and the Perth Mint received a request by the Australian Treasury to help out the overstretched Melbourne Mint by producing £8000 of pennies and £4000 of halfpennies. Penny production was immediately ramped up but it was not until 1942 that the Perth Mint produced its first halfpenny, the same year that the Bombay Mint was asked to strike pennies and halfpennies to meet increasing demand.The first Perth issue is identified by the addition of a dot '•' after 'HALFPENNY', while the Bombay issues are marked by the 'I' mint mark on the obverse below the head of George VI, and dots '•' before and after 'HALFPENNY' on the reverse. Throughout the 1940s, the Melbourne and Perth mints used the Melbourne altered reverse found on the bulk of 1939 'Roo' halfpennies.