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1919 Half Penny

The 1919 is one of the easiest dates in the George V half penny series, especially if sought in
mint state and one of the few dates that is readily available in MS64 and higher. This is primarily due a number of Sydney
mint rolls surfacing along with 1920 (1920 Half Penny), 1921 (1921 Half Penny) and 1922 rolls (1922 Half Penny). Unlike the 1920-1922 rolls, the 1919 half pennies all had considerable original
mint brilliance making the issue abundant in
red-brown designations and even with several in the elusive
red designation available.

The type does often suffer a
central strike weakness which can preclude grades higher than the MS64-65 range, nevertheless the typically superb surfaces of the coins of the Sydney
mint make this coin a frequent candidate as a
type coin.

Central strike weakness on the 1919 reverse
Central strike weakness on the 1919 reverse

Central strike weakness on the 1919 obverse
Central strike weakness on the 1919 obverse

The above illustrations show the typical strike weakness on 1919 half pennies, some softness on the
reverse central lettering and the crown and cheek of his majesty King George V.

The Sydney
mint also produced a
specimen strike in 1919 (1919 Specimen Half Penny).
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Reverse Designer
W. H. J. Blakemore
Obverse Designer
Sir E. B. MacKennel
25.5 mm
Copper: 97%
Zinc: 2.5%
Tin: 0.5%
Bullion Value
1919  Half Penny Reverse

1919  Half Penny Reverse


Grade Value AUD
F12 50¢
VF20 $2
VF25 $3
VF30 $4
VF35 $6
XF40 $8
XF45 $10
AU50 $20
AU53 $34
AU55 $38
AU58 $55
MS62BN $95
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  • 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
  • mint brilliance - The original golden-red-orange-pink colour of a copper coin
  • red-brown - The colour designation of a copper coin that has between 5% and 95% of its original mint brilliance remaining
  • red - The colour designation of a copper coin that has at least 95% of its original mint brilliance
  • central strike weakness - A weak strike around the centre of the design caused by a lack of concavity in the dies relative to strike pressure.
  • mint - a facility that produces coins
  • type coin - A coin chosen to represent a series in a type set, usually for cost or quality reasons
  • reverse - The tails side of the coin
  • specimen - A coin struck from an early circulation die state, not intended for circulation

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