Halfpenny (Australian)

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The Australian Halfpenny was a coin used in the Commonwealth of Australia prior to decimalisation. The coin was first minted in 1911 and minting ceased in 1964, excluding 1937, 1956 - 1958 inclusive. When the Australian currency was decimalised on 14 February 1966 the coin was equal to 512¢.

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Image Years Technical parameters Description / Legend / Designer
Obverse Reverse From To Diameter Thickness Mass Composition Edge Obverse Reverse
Australia halfpenny 1916 obverse.png Australia halfpenny 1916 reverse.png 1911 1936 25.4 mm 5.67 g Bronze: Cu 97.5%, Zn 2.0%, Sn 0.5% Plain George V
GEORGIVS V D.G.BRITT: OMN: REX F.D.IND:IMP:
by Bertram Mackennal
ONE HALF PENNY COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA
by W.H.J. Blakemore
Australia halfpenny 1938 obverse.jpg Australia halfpenny 1938 reverse.jpg 1938 1939 George VI
GEORGIVS VI D:G:BR:OMN:REX: F:D:IND:IMP.
by Thomas Hugh Paget
Australia halfpenny 1943 obverse.JPG Australia halfpenny 1943 reverse.JPG 1939 1948 George VI
GEORGIVS VI D:G:BR:OMN:REX: F:D:IND:IMP.
by Thomas Hugh Paget
Kangaroo / Commonwealth Star
AUSTRALIA HALF PENNY
by George Kruger Gray
Australia halfpenny 1951 obverse.JPG Australia halfpenny 1951 reverse.JPG 1949 1952 George VI
GEORGIVS VI D:G:BR:OMN:REX FIDEI DEF.
by Thomas Hugh Paget
Australia halfpenny 1954 obverse.JPG Australia halfpenny 1954 reverse.JPG 1953 1955 Elizabeth II
+ ELIZABETH.II.DEI.GRATIA.REGINA
by Mary Gillick
Australia halfpenny 1961 obverse.JPG Australia halfpenny 1961 reverse.JPG 1959 1964 Elizabeth II
+ ELIZABETH.II.DEI.GRATIA.REGINA.F:D:
by Mary Gillick
These images are to scale at 2.5 pixels per millimetre. For table standards, see the coin specification table.

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Preceded by
Halfpenny (British)
Halfpenny
1911-1966
Succeeded by
Denomination Abolished