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1919 Half Penny

George V

Australia

1919 Half Penny Reverse1919 Half Penny Obverse Mintage3,326,400Reverse DesignerW. H. J. BlakemoreObverse DesignerSir E. B. MacKennelWeight5.67 gramsSize25.5 mmCompositionCopper97.0%Zinc2.5%Tin0.5%Bullion Value$0.04
The 1919 is one of the easiest dates in the George V half penny series, especially if sought in A state of a coin that shows no signs of circulationmint state and one of the few dates that is readily available in MS64 and higher. This is primarily due a number of Sydney A common means of distributing coins where a mint stores coins in paper rolls before distributing them to banksmint rolls surfacing along with 1920 (learn more), 1921 (learn more) and 1922 rolls (learn more). Unlike the 1920-1922 rolls, the 1919 half pennies all had considerable original The original golden-red-orange-pink colour of a copper coinmint brilliance making the issue abundant in The colour designation of a copper coin that has between 5% and 95% of its original mint brilliance remainingred-brown designations and even with several in the elusive The colour designation of a copper coin that has at least 95% of its original mint brilliancered designation available.

The type does often suffer a A weak strike around the centre of the design caused by a lack of concavity in the dies relative to strike pressure.central strike weakness which can preclude grades higher than the MS64-65 range, nevertheless the typically superb surfaces of the coins of the Sydney a facility that produces coinsmint make this coin a frequent candidate as a A coin chosen to represent a series in a type set, usually for cost or quality reasonstype 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 The tails side of the coinreverse central lettering and the crown and cheek of his majesty King George V.

The Sydney a facility that produces coinsmint also produced a A coin struck from an early circulation die state, not intended for circulationspecimen strike in 1919 (learn more).
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