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1922 Half Penny

George V

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1922 Half Penny Reverse1922 Half Penny Obverse MintageThe Sydney mint produced an additional 1,113,600 pieces in 19236,924,000Reverse DesignerW. H. J. BlakemoreObverse DesignerSir E. B. MacKennelWeight5.67 gramsSize25.5 mmCompositionCopper97.0%Zinc2.5%Tin0.5%Bullion Value$0.04
The 1922 half penny is one of the easier dates in the series owing to its high initial The number of coins struck of a particular designationmintage of nearing 7 million coins. It is available right up to MS66 thanks to two A common means of distributing coins where a bank would roll coins before distributing them to branches or customersbank rolls surfacing but most of the coins were toned A copper coin practically devoid of any original mint brilliancebrown and finding higher grade examples with original The original golden-red-orange-pink colour of a copper coinmint brilliance can be quite difficult. If original The original golden-red-orange-pink colour of a copper coinmint brilliance is not desired, this coin makes an excellent A coin chosen to represent a series in a type set, usually for cost or quality reasonstype coin due to its availability in MS65 and up.

The date is sometimes very softly struck, particularly noticeable around the pearls of the crown of King George V. This may limit the grading of a A state of a coin that shows no signs of circulationmint state coin to MS64 but such examples were not from either of the surfaced A common means of distributing coins where a mint stores coins in paper rolls before distributing them to banksmint rolls so one must be careful not to confuse a worn coin with artificial color with a softly struck piece.

Like the 1919 (learn more), 1920 (learn more) and 1921 (learn more) half pennies, the 1922 suffers from 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 but also some softness around the The edge around a coin, often with beading or denticlesrim.

Soft N of ONE of a 1922 half penny
Soft N of ONE of a 1922 half penny

Soft crown of a 1922 half penny
Soft crown of a 1922 half penny

The above illustrations show the typical 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 of 1922 half pennies, this doesn't affect all 1922 half pennies but most are affected by a soft The heads side of the coinobverse The edge around a coin, often with beading or denticlesrim.

Soft rim of a 1922 half penny
Soft rim of a 1922 half penny

The above illustration, the The heads side of the coinobverse of an NGC MS66 1922 half penny shows the typical soft The edge around a coin, often with beading or denticlesrim of a 1922 half penny on even the finest gems.

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 1922 (learn more).
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