1935 Half Penny Reverse1935 Half Penny ObverseMintage2,916,000Reverse DesignerW. H. J. BlakemoreObverse DesignerSir E. B. MacKennelWeight5.67 gramsSize25.5 mmCountryAustraliaDateMM1935DenominationHalf PennyVarietyGeorge VPrefixMSWeight5.6699991425Size25.5EdgePlainFace CurrencyAUDFace Value0.0042Mintage291600010271935 Half PennyCompositionCopper97.0%0.9700000286Zinc2.5%0.0250000004Tin0.5%0.0049999999Copper0.9700000286Zinc0.0250000004Tin0.0049999999Bullion Value5cThe 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 Penny1028(learn more) in A state of a coin that shows no signs of circulationmint statemint state. The date is almost always well struck up but A state of a coin that shows no signs of circulationmint statemint state examples often exhibit fine Fine surface marks caused by other coins scraping against themsurface hairlinessurface hairlines from light circulation. This is due to the fact that most A state of a coin that shows no signs of circulationmint statemint state examples were pieces hoarded for being different around 1938-39 when the new The heads side of the coinobverseobverse and The tails side of the coinreversereverse designs were introduced. This meant that most A state of a coin that shows no signs of circulationmint statemint 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 Raised lines on the surface of a coin caused by abrasive cleaning of the die that struck itdie cleaning striationsdie cleaning striations on the The tails side of the coinreversereverse as in the illustration below.
Die cleaning striations on the reverse of a 1935 half penny
The Melbourne a facility that produces coinsmintmint also produced A proof coin produced with the intention of being sold to the general publiccommercial proofcommercial proof strikes in 1935 1935 Proof Half Penny1026(learn more).