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Old Reverse

1938 - 39

The Melbourne mint issued the first Half Pennies of George VI featuring the old Blakemore reverse, which features a partitioned, circular reverse design with COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA around the outer ring with the year at the bottom and ONE HALF PENNY within the inner ring. The obverse features an uncrowned bust of King George VI facing to the left and the legend, GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP (George VI, by the grace of god, Ruler and King of Britain, Defender of the Faith, Emperor of India). This issue lasted two years, struck in 1938 and 1939 with both dates being readily available. In mint state the 1939 is quite scarce but one notable hoard did turn up with some premium mint state examples. Both years are almost always very well struck up and should be an easy slot for the type set collector to fill.

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  MintageXF40AU50AU55AU58MS62MS63MS64MS65George VI1938 3,014,00020252829758399160George VI Old Reverse1939 4,382,40027343777120140190750  MintagePR60PR61PR62PR63PR64PR65George VI1938 Proof100*2,5003,6005,3008,20013,00023,000Values are in AUD and are retail price estimations based on past sales of coins certified by PCGS or NGC and as such values only related to such graded coins. Uncertified coins or coins graded by other services would likely be worth significantly less. For wholesale pricing please refer to the Red Sheet. While all attempts to ensure accurate pricing, data entry errors can occur and as such no warranty is expressed or implied as to the accuracy of any information published on this website. It is important to verify all published sales to ensure the accuracy of the pricing when making any purchase decision. Any personal information provided to us is protected by the Privacy Act 1988.