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1942 Half Penny


The 1942 Melbourne
mint half penny is one of the key dates in the George VI series and certainly one of the toughest to acquire in
mint state. Its rarity derives from its initially low
mintage of 720,000, one of the lowest
mintages in the series.

Acquiring the coin in
mint state can be quite a challenge but the coin can still be acquired at reasonable expense if
mint brilliance is not required. Acquiring the coin with any significant amount of red
mint brilliance is near impossible and will heavily influence the price.

The 1942 Melbourne
mint half penny can be differentiated from the more common Bombay (1942-I Half Penny) and Perth
mint (1942-Y Half Penny) issues by the absence of the dot
mintmark after the Y of PENNY on the
reverse.

1942 Bombay mint half pennies have dots before and after HALF PENNY
1942 Bombay mint half pennies have dots before and after HALF PENNY
1942 Perth mint has a dot after1942 Melbourne (this issue) has no dots
1942 Perth mint has a dot after1942 Melbourne (this issue) has no dots
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Mintage
720,000
Reverse Designer
George Kruger Gray
Obverse Designer
Thomas H. Paget
Size
25.5 mm
Composition
Copper: 97%
Zinc: 2.5%
Tin: 0.5%
Bullion Value
$0.04
1942  Half Penny Reverse
Reverse

1942  Half Penny Reverse
Obverse

Values

Grade Value AUD
XF40 $5
AU50 $22
AU55 $40
AU58 $65
MS62BN $200
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Glossary

  • mint - a facility that produces coins
  • mint state - A state of a coin that shows no signs of circulation
  • mintage - The number of coins struck of a particular designation
  • mint brilliance - The original golden-red-orange-pink colour of a copper coin
  • mintmark - A marking, usually a letter or dot that signifies which mint struck a particular coin
  • reverse - The tails side of the coin

Numismatic Glossary - View the full glossary of numismatic terms.


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