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1920 Australia George V Halfpenny Bronze Coin Graded MS 65 RB

1920 Australia George V Halfpenny Bronze Coin Graded MS 65 RB Holder

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Buy a 1920 Australia George V Halfpenny Bronze Coin Graded MS 65 RB

Top Pop 1920 Australian bronze Halfpenny: no known examples graded higher. The obverse features a left-facing bust of King George V wearing the Imperial State Crown and the Robe of State. The collar of the Order of the Garter and the badge of the Order of the Bath are visible on his chest. This portrait is the work of Australian sculptor, Sir Edgar Bertram Mackennal who also designed the likeness of King George that appeared on UK coinage. Mackennal's initials appear to the truncation of the King's shoulder, rendered 'BM”. The reverse shows the words 'ONE HALF PENNY' across three lines above a scroll within a beaded circle. The legend around reads 'COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA' with the year (1920) below. This design is attributed to William Henry James Blakemore, an engraver to the Royal Mint, responsible for arrange of reverses for coins of the Australian Pound. Halfpennies were the smallest denomination coins in circulation in Australia at the time and this 1920 issue is in superb condition. It has has been independently graded MS 65 RB, the 'RB' indicating an attractive red-brown finish with a mixture of lustre and patina. The coin comes sealed in its NGC holder, preserving the finish and allowing safe handling.
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Crown and robed portrait of King George V, facing left, by Sir Edgar Bertram Mackennal. Legend reads: 'GEORGIVS V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX F. D. IND: IMP: ·'.


'ONE HALF PENNY' above scroll in centre of beaded circle. Date below (1920) and 'COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA' above. Artist: William Henry James Blakemore.


Weight: 5.67 grams. Composition: bronze. Diameter: 25.40 millimetres.


Annual mintage for 1920: 4,113,600. This example in mint state condition, graded MS 65 RB by the Numismatic Guaranty Company. Presented in NGC holder.


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