Blue Sheet > Australia > Commonwealth Coinage > Half Penny > Elizabeth II > Type II > 1961-Y Proof Half Penny

1961-Y Proof Half Penny

The Kangaroo design continued into this type right until the introduction of decimal currency with the conclusion of the half penny series in 1964. This type features a slightly reworded
legend, 'ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA F:D', ('Elizabeth II, by the grace of god, queen, defender of the faith'), after public outcry that the previous type omitted 'FIDEI DEF' ('defender of the faith').

All dates in the series are easy to acquire in
mint state though the Perth mint issues from 1960 to 1964 are very difficult to find in higher
mint state grades due to poor strikes and the unattractive salmon pink colour found on un-!toned examples. The 1959 Melbourne is often found well struck up and with its bright red
mint brilliance as several
mint rolls were found though is still difficult to find beyond MS65.

The Melbourne mint struck the 1959 half penny and all later years were struck at the Perth mint and feature a dot after the 'Y' of 'PENNY'.
Message Board
Reverse Designer
George Kruger Gray
Obverse Designer
Mary Gillick
25.5 mm
Copper: 97%
Zinc: 2.5%
Tin: 0.5%
Bullion Value
1961-Y Proof Half Penny Reverse

1961-Y Proof Half Penny Reverse


Grade Value AUD
PR64RB $340
Looking for gradings for higher grade pieces?

To access the full range of values for this coin, subscribe today.

Don't understand what these values mean?

For more information about coin grading standards, please read our article on coin grading or upgrade to a Silver Membership for grading comparison photos an detailed descriptions of each grading.

Looking for historical data?

Upgrade to a Gold Membership for historical valuations and charts, past sales records, grading distribution charts and more.

Ask a Question

You need to subscribe to ask a question, you can subscribe from this link.


  • obverse - The heads side of the coin
  • legend - The inscription around the inner edge of the coin
  • mint state - A state of a coin that shows no signs of circulation
  • mint brilliance - The original golden-red-orange-pink colour of a copper coin
  • mint roll - A common means of distributing coins where a mint stores coins in paper rolls before distributing them to banks

Numismatic Glossary - View the full glossary of numismatic terms.