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1923 Halfpenny aEF Coins on Offer
1923 Halfpenny
QualityAbout Extremely Fine
RarityOne or two sightings at auction annually
ProvenancePrivate Collection Perth
Price$ 14,500
SoldDecember 2012



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A full central diamond, six crisp pearls and the appearance of the seventh and eighth pearls. While this all sounds very technical, these attributes and in particular the solid presence of the seventh and eighth pearl in the band of the crown confirms that this is a premium quality 1923 Halfpenny.

Australians love their coppers. While not everyone could hold onto (or even gain access to) a gold coin, Australia’s coppers were accessible to the man in the street.

And while there is no doubt that Australia’s 1923 Halfpenny has benefited from the emotional feelings stirred up by the 1930 Penny, the ‘23 stands on its own merits as Australia’s rarest halfpenny and an Aussie icon.

That the Sydney Mint in its Annual Report recorded the striking of 1,113,600 halfpennies in 1923 would suggest that it was a common date coin. 

For decades collectors challenged this point, drawing on their experience that the 1923 Halfpenny was the least available coin in the halfpenny series.

John Sharples, at the time Curator of Australia’s National Coin Archives set the record straight when he undertook an analysis of die production and die usage at both the Sydney and Melbourne Mints.

His research confirmed that the 1,113,600 halfpennies struck at the Sydney Mint were in fact dated 1922.

The 1923 Halfpenny was in fact struck at the Melbourne Mint in a mintage of approximately 15,000, confirming its status as Australia’s rarest circulating halfpenny.

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