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1951-PL Half Penny

George VI


In 1951 the Royal Mint in London produced 6,960,000 pennies for Australia. In the same year the Melbourne and Perth Mint produced a combined additional 29,422,000 pieces. The London variety can be distinguished by a 'PL' mint-mark, abbreviated from pecunia londīniī (money of London) or percussa londīniō (struck at London). The Perth Mint variety can be distinguished by a dot mint-mark located in the same spot.

London 'PL' mint-mark on the reverse of a 1951-PL Half Penny.

Perth dot mint-mark on the reverse of a 1951-Y Penny.

The 1951 London mint half penny is one of the easiest years in the George VI series, and probably the easiest year to find in the upper mint state grades. The strike is almost always perfect as with most London mint issues, and the colour ranges from an even chocolate brown to a ripe, golden orange. For this reason this is often the date of choice for type set collectors.

The heads side of the coinThe inscription around the inner edge of the coinA state of a coin that shows no signs of circulationA marking, usually a letter or dot that signifies which mint struck a particular coinThe number of coins struck of a particular designationThe tails side of the coina facility that produces coins

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