United Kingdom, 1/2 penny, 1971

Here’s today’s coin…

United Kingdom, 1/2 penny, 1971 (KM #914)


Ah, the half penny, the lowest valued coin of the decimal pound sterling. Had it not been discontinued and demonetized in 1984, it would only have a value of USD $0.008. I don’t think I would have even bothered with introducing a coin worth so little. With 1,394,188,250 minted, it is a common coin with negligible collector value, but it contains a few cents worth of copper.

Metal Bronze
Weight 1.78 g
Diameter 17.14 mm
Thickness 1.07 mm
Engraver Arnold Machin (obverse)
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized 12-01-1984

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