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1938 Half Penny

George VI

Australia

1938 Half Penny Reverse1938 Half Penny Obverse Mintage3,014,000Reverse DesignerW. H. J. BlakemoreObverse DesignerThomas H. PagetWeight5.67 gramsSize25.5 mmCompositionCopper97.0%Zinc2.5%Tin0.5%Bullion Value$0.04
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 The tails side of the coinreverse designs. The half penny would later get it in 1939 (learn more).

The 1938 half penny is a relatively easy date to acquire, with a high The number of coins struck of a particular designationmintage figure of over 3 million pieces, A complete set of all years and mintmarks of a particular seriesdate set collectors should have no trouble obtaining the date in circulated grades. In A state of a coin that shows no signs of circulationmint state the coin is also relatively easy to acquire due to its relatively unique appearance, pairing the Old The tails side of the coinReverse 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 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-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 proof A cylindrical punch with an inverted impression of a coin's design used to strike the coindies of which 100 A coin struck from specially prepared dies to strike a superior quality coin not intended for circulationproof half pennies were produced (learn more). The flat appearance of the A coin struck from specially prepared dies to strike a superior quality coin not intended for circulationproof 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-like examples, which were not struck on polished The piece of metal a coin is struck onplanchets 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-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-like 1938 half pennies do not tend to carry a premium over regular A coin struck for circulationbusiness strikes.
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