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1938 Half Penny
Australia1938 Half Penny Reverse1938 Half Penny Obverse
Mintage3,014,000Reverse DesignerW. H. J. BlakemoreObverse DesignerThomas H. PagetWeight5.67 gramsSize25.5 mmCountryAustraliaDateMM1938DenominationHalf PennyVarietyGeorge VIPrefixMSWeight5.6699991425Size25.5EdgePlainFace CurrencyAUDFace Value0.0042Mintage3014000CompositionCopper97.0%0.9700000286Zinc2.5%0.0250000004Tin0.5%0.0049999999Copper0.9700000286Zinc0.0250000004Tin0.0049999999Bullion Value5cIn 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 The tails side of the coinreversereverse designs. The half penny would later get it in 1939 1939 Half Penny1032(learn more).
The 1938 half penny is a relatively easy date to acquire, with a high The number of coins struck of a particular designationmintagemintage figure of over 3 million pieces, A complete set of all years and mintmarks of a particular seriesdate setdate set collectors should have no trouble obtaining the date in circulated grades. In A state of a coin that shows no signs of circulationmint statemint state the coin is also relatively easy to acquire due to its relatively unique appearance, pairing the Old The tails side of the coinReversereverse 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 Fine surface marks caused by other coins scraping against themsurface hairlinessurface hairlines limiting the grading.
The coin is almost always well struck up with some early strikes exhibiting A coin that resembles the appearance of a proof coin of the same type, often resulting from being struck from the same diesproof-likeproof-like characteristics. Such coins are likely to have been struck from the A proof coin produced with the intention of being sold to the general publiccommercial proofcommercial proof A cylindrical punch with an inverted impression of a coin's design used to strike the coindiesdie of which 100 A coin struck from specially prepared dies to strike a superior quality coin not intended for circulationproofproof half pennies were produced 1938 Proof Half Penny1029(learn more). The flat appearance of the A coin struck from specially prepared dies to strike a superior quality coin not intended for circulationproofproof strike tends to result in the A coin that resembles the appearance of a proof coin of the same type, often resulting from being struck from the same diesproof-likeproof-like examples, which were not struck on polished The piece of metal a coin is struck onplanchetsplanchet looking rather dull and unlike the A coin that resembles the appearance of a proof coin of the same type, often resulting from being struck from the same diesproof-likeproof-like 1934 half pennies, A coin that resembles the appearance of a proof coin of the same type, often resulting from being struck from the same diesproof-likeproof-like 1938 half pennies do not tend to carry a premium over regular A coin struck for circulationbusiness strikesbusiness strike.
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