1942 Half Penny Reverse1942 Half Penny ObverseMintage720,000Reverse DesignerGeorge Kruger GrayObverse DesignerThomas H. PagetWeight5.67 gramsSize25.5 mmCountryAustraliaDateMM1942DenominationHalf PennyVarietyGeorge VIPrefixMSWeight5.6699991425Size25.5EdgePlainFace CurrencyAUDFace Value0.0042Mintage72000010361942 Half PennyCompositionCopper97.0%0.9700000286Zinc2.5%0.0250000004Tin0.5%0.0049999999Copper0.9700000286Zinc0.0250000004Tin0.0049999999Bullion Value5cThe 1942 Melbourne a facility that produces coinsmintmint half penny is one of the key dates in the George VI series and certainly one of the toughest to acquire in A state of a coin that shows no signs of circulationmint statemint state. Its rarity derives from its initially low The number of coins struck of a particular designationmintagemintage of 720,000, one of the lowest The number of coins struck of a particular designationmintagesmintage in the series.
Acquiring the coin in A state of a coin that shows no signs of circulationmint statemint state can be quite a challenge but the coin can still be obtained at reasonable expense if The original golden-red-orange-pink colour of a copper coinmint brilliancemint brilliance is not required. Acquiring the coin with any significant amount of red The original golden-red-orange-pink colour of a copper coinmint brilliancemint brilliance is near impossible and will heavily influence the price.
The 1942 Melbourne a facility that produces coinsmintmint half penny can be differentiated from the more common Bombay 1942-I Half Penny1038(learn more) and Perth a facility that produces coinsmintmint1942-Y Half Penny1039(learn more) issues by the absence of the dot A marking, usually a letter or dot that signifies which mint struck a particular coinmintmarkmintmark after the Y of PENNY on the The tails side of the coinreversereverse.
Dot before and after HALF PENNY on the Bombay mint issue