Australia, half penny, 1943 (b)

And here’s today’s coin, mate.

Australia, half penny, 1943 (b) (KM #41)


There’s George VI again, twice in a row, only this time he’s paired with a kangaroo. The Australians decimalized in 1967, four years ahead of their UK parents. This coin is 1/480th of an Australian pound, which died with the introduction of the Australian dollar. It has dots on each side of the words “HALF PENNY” which indicate that it was struck at the Bombay Mint in India. This makes sense, as World War II was raging in the Pacific at the time, and Australia was under threat of Japanese attacks. Even though Melbourne also struck Australian coins in ’43, it made sense to move auxiliary production to safer Imperial ground on the subcontinent. Bombay’s mintage of the half penny in ’43 was 6 million.

Metal Bronze
Weight 5.7 g
Diameter 25.6 mm
Thickness 1.3 mm
Engravers Thomas Hugh Paget (obverse)
George Edward Kruger Gray (reverse)
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment
Demonetized yes

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