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1935 Half Penny

The 1935 half penny is one of the most common dates in the series, readily available in circulated grades and almost as common as the 1936 (1936 Half Penny) in
mint state. The date is almost always well struck up but
mint state examples often exhibit fine
surface hairlines from light circulation. This is due to the fact that most
mint state examples were pieces hoarded for being different around 1938-39 when the new
obverse and
reverse designs were introduced. This meant that most
mint state examples had experienced some circulation so finding examples in MS64 and higher can be quite a challenge, much harder than say the 1919 or 1921.

The date is almost always well struck up and often early strikes exhibit fine
die cleaning striations on the
reverse as in the illustration below.

Die cleaning striations on a 1935 Half Penny
Die cleaning striations on a 1935 Half Penny

The Melbourne
mint also produced
commercial proof strikes in 1935 (1935 Proof 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
1935  Half Penny Reverse

1935  Half Penny Reverse


Grade Value AUD
F12 40¢
VF20 $3
XF40 $5
AU50 $12
AU55 $28
AU58 $48
MS62BN $80
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  • mint state - A state of a coin that shows no signs of circulation
  • surface hairlines - Fine surface marks caused by other coins scraping against them
  • obverse - The heads side of the coin
  • reverse - The tails side of the coin
  • die cleaning striations - Raised lines on the surface of a coin caused by abrasive cleaning of the die that struck it
  • mint - a facility that produces coins
  • commercial proof - A proof coin produced with the intention of being sold to the general public

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