1922 Half Penny Reverse1922 Half Penny ObverseMintageThe Sydney mint produced an additional 1,113,600 pieces in 19236,924,000Reverse DesignerW. H. J. BlakemoreObverse DesignerSir E. B. MacKennelWeight5.67 gramsSize25.5 mmCountryAustraliaDateMM1922DenominationHalf PennyVarietyGeorge VPrefixMSWeight5.6699991425Size25.5EdgePlainFace CurrencyAUDFace Value0.0042Mintage6924000Mintage InfoThe Sydney mint produced an additional 1,113,600 pieces in 1923CompositionCopper97.0%0.9700000286Zinc2.5%0.0250000004Tin0.5%0.0049999999Copper0.9700000286Zinc0.0250000004Tin0.0049999999Bullion Value5cThe 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 designationmintagemintage of almost 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 rollsbank roll surfacing but most of the coins were toned A copper coin practically devoid of any original mint brilliancebrownbrown and finding higher grade examples with original The original golden-red-orange-pink colour of a copper coinmint brilliancemint brilliance can be quite difficult. If original The original golden-red-orange-pink colour of a copper coinmint brilliancemint brilliance is not required, this coin makes an excellent A coin chosen to represent a series in a type set, usually for cost or quality reasonstype cointype 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 statemint 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 rollsmint roll so one must be careful not to confuse a worn coin with artificial color with a softly struck piece.
Like the 1919 1919 Half Penny998(learn more), 1920 1920 Half Penny1000(learn more) and 1921 1921 Half Penny1001(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 weaknesscentral strike weakness but also some softness around the The edge around a coin, often with beading or denticlesrimrim.
Soft N of ONE on the reverse of a 1922 half penny
Soft band on the obverse 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 weaknesscentral 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 coinobverseobverseThe edge around a coin, often with beading or denticlesrimrim.
Soft rim of a 1922 half penny
The above illustration, the The heads side of the coinobverseobverse of an NGC MS66 1922 half penny shows the typical soft The edge around a coin, often with beading or denticlesrimrim of a 1922 half penny on even the finest gems.
The Sydney a facility that produces coinsmintmint also produced a A coin struck from an early circulation die state, not intended for circulationspecimenspecimen strike in 1922 1922 Specimen Half Penny1002(learn more).