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Roo Reverse

1939 - 48

The half penny switched over to the Kruger Gray, or Kangaroo reverse in 1939 and continued with the design until 1952. The reverse design features a Kangaroo jumping to the right with AUSTRALIA around the top of the design, HALF PENNY around the bottom and the year right above that, just behind the Kangaroo's legs. 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 ) and was used up until 1948 when it was needed to be changed due to the independence of India.

Date set collectors will have no problems completing the series with the key dates , the 1939, 1942 and 1944 being readily available in lower grades. In mint state , type set collectors would find best value in the 1940, 1941, 1942-I, 1943, 1943-I and 1948 which are all readily obtainable with original mint brilliance , though the 1940 tends to commands high prices. Half pennies in this series were struck at the Melbourne, Bombay and Perth mints. Perth mint half pennies feature a dot after the Y of PENNY and no dot before HALF whereas the Bombay mint half pennies featured both dots and also an I under the bust on the obverse. All other half pennies in the series were struck at the Melbourne mint.

Dot after the Y indicating a Perth mint issue (except where there is also a dot in front of the H)

Dot before and after HALF PENNY indicating a Bombay mint issue

I under the bust also indcative of a Bombay mint issue

The tails side of the coinThe heads side of the coinThe inscription around the inner edge of the coinA state of a coin that shows no signs of circulation

  MintageXF40AU50AU55AU58MS62MS63MS64MS65George VI Roo Reverse1939 782,00036841101301705401,2002,600George VI1940 2,294,4001516233583100250450George VI1941 5,011,20015162328586995340George VI1942 720,00034661001201503003902,800George VI1942-Y 4,334,400141435399110031021,000George VI1942-I 6,000,000232729415659130980George VI1943 33,988,8061516212235425167George VI1943-I 6,000,00023272931343548170George VI1944 720,000184257682203001,0001,500George VI1945 3,033,60014203663150160320690George VI1945-Y Incl. in above192351731101207901,100George VI1946-Y 13,747,20015151524491102701,100George VI1947-Y 9,292,8001616222633781601,000George VI1948 4,608,00015151616417079100George VI1948-Y 25,552,8001415253039422801,600  MintagePR60PR61PR62PR63PR64PR65George VI Roo Reverse1939 Proof1003,0003,2003,5003,9006,50010,000George VI1942-Y ProofUnknown13,00015,00016,00018,00021,00023,000George VI1942-I RestrikeUnknown      George VI1943-I RestrikeUnknown      George VI1945-Y Proof7      George VI1946-Y Proof13      George VI1947-Y Proof13      George VI1948-Y Proof18      Values 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.