Halfpenny

 

 

Australian bronze (copper) coins first appeared in 1911. These earliest coins were minted in London, Birmingham and Calcutta. Australian production of halfpenny coins began in 1919 in the Sydney and soon after, the Melbourne mints. From 1942 the Perth mint became the major producer of halfpennies although in some years coins were also produced in Melbourne, Bombay or London. The last halfpenny coins were struck in 1964.

 

One of the more valuable examples of the halfpenny is the 1923 coin. Most of the 1923 coins were struck with the 1922 date. Only around 1500 of the actual 1923 variety were produced, with the number still in existence today being much smaller.

Some collectors like to specialise in error varieties. A notable example is the 1916 halfpenny “mule”. This coin was produced in the Calcutta mint using the wrong obverse die. The die used is that of the Indian quarter anna coin. It’s believed that around 250 of these coins were struck. Only 5-7 have been found and identified.

Some Example Values of Halfpenny Coins

The following prices are for some of the most sought after halfpenny coins. Coins minted in other years are also of value, those listed below are simply the “cream of the crop”. These prices are only a guide to possible marketplace values. There will be fluctuations in the actual marketplace. Prices will also vary depending on variations and condition of the coin. All values are listed in Australian dollars.

Year

Average Condition

Uncirculated Condition

1912

1.50

325

1913

2

550

1914

3

700

1915

45

6000

1918

6

3000

1920

1

400

1923

1800

60000

1924

4

1300

1925

2

800

1926

1

450

1928

2

750

1930

5

950

1931

3

950

1939

15

1100

1944

5

400

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