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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
obverse
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'.
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Mintage
1,040
Reverse Designer
George Kruger Gray
Obverse Designer
Mary Gillick
Size
25.5 mm
Composition
Copper: 97%
Zinc: 2.5%
Tin: 0.5%
Bullion Value
$336.09
1961-Y Proof Half Penny Reverse
Reverse

1961-Y Proof Half Penny Reverse
Obverse

Values

Grade Value AUD
PR64RB $340
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Glossary

  • 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.


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