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¢.

Counting the known mintages of proofs, a total of 422,882,890 (422 million) coins of the denomination were minted during its existence.[1]

Types[edit]

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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Halfpenny from Australia". Online Coin Club. 

External links[edit]

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