1944 Half Penny Reverse1944 Half Penny ObverseMintage720,000Reverse DesignerGeorge Kruger GrayObverse DesignerThomas H. PagetWeight5.67 gramsSize25.5 mmCountryAustraliaDateMM1944DenominationHalf PennyVarietyGeorge VIPrefixMSWeight5.6699991425Size25.5EdgePlainFace CurrencyAUDFace Value0.0042Mintage720000CompositionCopper97.0%0.9700000286Zinc2.5%0.0250000004Tin0.5%0.0049999999Copper0.9700000286Zinc0.0250000004Tin0.0049999999Bullion Value5cThe 1944 half penny is one of the toughest pieces to acquire in the George VI series with a tiny The number of coins struck of a particular designationmintagemintage of just 720,000 pieces. The low The number of coins struck of a particular designationmintagemintage is a result of lack of demand due to the very high The number of coins struck of a particular designationmintagemintage figures in previous years to support the circulating currency needs brought about by foreign troops stationed in Australia. In addition to the low The number of coins struck of a particular designationmintagemintage, no A common means of distributing coins where a mint stores coins in paper rolls before distributing them to banksmint rollsmint roll have surfaced making A state of a coin that shows no signs of circulationmint statemint state pieces scarce. The year is available right up to MS64RB though only represented by 2 pieces in that grade (PCGS Population Chart, 2012)126WebsitePCGS Population ChartAustraliaPCGS10/21/2012http://www.pcgs.com/pop/detail.aspx?c=502810/21/2012 1:42:26 PM.
Like the 1943 1943 Half Penny1041(learn more), the date is usually struck without problems other than soft The heads side of the coinobverseobverse hairlines.
Soft obverse of a 1944 half penny
The date will represent a challenge to the A complete set of all years and mintmarks of a particular seriesdate setdate set collector if desired in A state of a coin that shows no signs of circulationmint statemint state though collectors aiming for an average circulated example should be able to source the piece in bulk lots though it may take some time.