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1912-H Half Penny


In 1912 the Heaton
mint struck 2.4 million half pennies for Australia featuring the
mintmark H below the lower scroll on the
reverse.


Mintmark of the 1912 Heaton mint half penny.


The year is reasonably common, though like the 1911 (1911 Half Penny), most
mint state examples originated from the Baldwin
mint roll though the 1912 examples tended to grade higher, right up to MS66! Also like the 1911 half penny (1911 Half Penny), the
obverse is often softly struck up precluding higher
mint state grades in particular around the 2nd set of pearls in George V's crown. Care should be taken not to confuse a softly struck piece with an otherwise worn example. As with other Heaton mint issues,
mint lustre is usually quite intense making it easy to recognize a softly struck
mint state example.
Softly struck 1912 half penny
Softly struck 1912 half penny

As can be seen in the above zoomed photo of a softly struck 1912 half penny's crown, the second set of pearls is quite flat but unlike the 1911 half penny (1911 Half Penny), the cross on the orb is quite well defined.

The Heaton
mint also produced a
specimen strike in 1912 (1912-H Specimen Half Penny).
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Mintage
2,400,000
Reverse Designer
W. H. J. Blakemore
Obverse Designer
Sir E. B. MacKennel
Size
25.5 mm
Composition
Copper: 97%
Zinc: 2.5%
Tin: 0.5%
Bullion Value
$0.04
1912-H  Half Penny Reverse
Reverse

1912-H  Half Penny Reverse
Obverse

Values

Grade Value AUD
F12 $2
VF20 $6
VF25 $8
VF30 $10
VF35 $16
XF40 $20
XF45 $26
AU50 $30
AU53 $40
AU55 $48
AU58 $100
MS62BN $165
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Glossary

  • mint - a facility that produces coins
  • mintmark - A marking, usually a letter or dot that signifies which mint struck a particular coin
  • reverse - The tails side of the coin
  • mint state - A state of a coin that shows no signs of circulation
  • mint roll - A common means of distributing coins where a mint stores coins in paper rolls before distributing them to banks
  • obverse - The heads side of the coin
  • mint lustre - The original reflectivity of a coin
  • specimen - A coin struck from an early circulation die state, not intended for circulation

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