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1938 Half Penny


In 1938, 7 months after the coronation of King George VI, Australian coins bearing his majesty's bust were produced. All denominations except the half penny and sixpence were produced bearing the new Kruger Gray
reverse designs. The half penny would later get it in 1939 (1939 Half Penny).

The 1938 half penny is a relatively easy date to acquire, with a high
mintage figure of over 3 million pieces,
date set collectors should have no trouble obtaining the date in circulated grades. In
mint state the coin is also relatively easy to acquire due to its relatively unique appearance, pairing the Old
Reverse with the new bust of King George VI, a combination which would last just two years and as such the coin was frequently the target of hoarders. Obtaining the coin above MS64 however, can still be quite a challenge with the date, like previous years being prone to
surface hairlines limiting the grading.

The coin is almost always well struck up with some early strikes exhibiting
proof-like characteristics. Such coins are likely to have been struck from the
commercial proof
dies of which 100
proof half pennies were produced (1938 Proof Half Penny). The flat appearance of the
proof strike tends to result in the
proof-like examples, which were not struck on polished
planchets looking rather dull and unlike the
proof-like 1934 half pennies,
proof-like 1938 half pennies do not tend to carry a premium over regular
business strikes.
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Mintage
3,014,000
Reverse Designer
W. H. J. Blakemore
Obverse Designer
Thomas H. Paget
Size
25.5 mm
Composition
Copper: 97%
Zinc: 2.5%
Tin: 0.5%
Bullion Value
$0.04
1938  Half Penny Reverse
Reverse

1938  Half Penny Reverse
Obverse

Values

Grade Value AUD
XF40 $1
AU50 $4
AU55 $8
AU58 $16
MS61BN $20
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Currently Available

Australia George VI - 1938 Half Penny Current Bid: $33.00 (6 bids)
Estimate: $50 - $60
Bidders: 4
Lot 8703 Uncertified Uncirculated 18 days
NumisBid Auction #32
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09-May-2014 7:00 PM AEST
Walter Eigner Pty Ltd
Location: Melbourne, VIC
Member Since: Jul-2013
Australia George VI - 1938 Half Penny Current Bid: $1.00 (1 bid)
Estimate: $36 - $42
Bidders: 1
Lot 8704 Uncertified Uncirculated 39 days
NumisBid Auction #33
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30-May-2014 7:00 PM AEST
Walter Eigner Pty Ltd
Location: Melbourne, VIC
Member Since: Jul-2013
Australia George VI - 1938 Half Penny Current Bid: $1.50 (2 bids)
Estimate: $55 - $65
Bidders: 2
Lot 8705 Uncertified Uncirculated 61 days
NumisBid Auction #34
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21-June-2014 7:00 PM AEST
Walter Eigner Pty Ltd
Location: Melbourne, VIC
Member Since: Jul-2013
Australia George VI - 1938 Half Penny Current Bid: $1.00 (1 bid)
Estimate: $55 - $65
Bidders: 1
Lot 8706 Uncertified Uncirculated 95 days
NumisBid Auction #35
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25-July-2014 7:00 PM AEST
Walter Eigner Pty Ltd
Location: Melbourne, VIC
Member Since: Jul-2013
Australia George VI - 1938 Half Penny Current Bid: $1.00 (1 bid)
Estimate: $50 - $65
Bidders: 1
Lot 9287 Uncertified Uncirculated 123 days
NumisBid Auction #36
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22-August-2014 7:00 PM AEST
Walter Eigner Pty Ltd
Location: Melbourne, VIC
Member Since: Jul-2013
Australia George VI - 1938 Half Penny Current Bid: $1.00 (1 bid)
Estimate: $28 - $36
Bidders: 1
Lot 9290 Uncertified Uncirculated 151 days
NumisBid Auction #37
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19-September-2014 7:00 PM AEST
Walter Eigner Pty Ltd
Location: Melbourne, VIC
Member Since: Jul-2013

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Glossary

  • reverse - The tails side of the coin
  • mintage - The number of coins struck of a particular designation
  • date set - A complete set of all years and mintmarks of a particular series
  • 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
  • proof-like - A coin that resembles the appearance of a proof coin of the same type, often resulting from being struck from the same dies
  • commercial proof - A proof coin produced with the intention of being sold to the general public
  • die - A cylindrical punch with an inverted impression of a coin's design used to strike the coin
  • proof - A coin struck from specially prepared dies to strike a superior quality coin not intended for circulation
  • planchet - The piece of metal a coin is struck on
  • business strike - A coin struck for circulation

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