1961-Y Proof Half Penny Reverse1961-Y Proof Half Penny ObverseMintage1,040Reverse DesignerGeorge Kruger GrayObverse DesignerMary GillickWeight5.67 gramsSize25.5 mmCountryAustraliaDateMM1961-YDenominationHalf PennyVarietyElizabeth IIVariety ExtProofPrefixPRWeight5.6699991425Size25.5EdgePlainFace CurrencyAUDFace Value0.0042Mintage104010771961-Y Proof Half PennyCompositionCopper97.0%0.9700000286Zinc2.5%0.0250000004Tin0.5%0.0049999999Copper0.9700000286Zinc0.0250000004Tin0.0049999999Bullion Value5cThe 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 The heads side of the coinobverseobverseThe inscription around the inner edge of the coinlegendlegend, '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 A state of a coin that shows no signs of circulationmint statemint state though the Perth mint issues from 1960 to 1964 are very difficult to find in higher A state of a coin that shows no signs of circulationmint statemint 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 The original golden-red-orange-pink colour of a copper coinmint brilliancemint brilliance as several A common means of distributing coins where a mint stores coins in paper rolls before distributing them to banksmint rollsmint roll 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'.