Australia 1959(m) half penny
The first specimen was lot 3208 in Stacks-Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2015), where it did not sell. The catalog description noted, "AUSTRALIA. 1/2 Penny, 1959. NGC PROOF-64 RB. Coppery orange toning on the obverse, somewhat darker on the reverse." The second specimen was part of lot 22123 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Anaheim, CA, August 2016), which sold for $352.50. The catalog description noted, "AUSTRALIA. Six Piece Proof Set, 1959-(M). Melbourne Mint. PCGS PROOF-64 BN to PROOF-66 Secure Holder. KM-61, 56, 57, 58, 59 & 60. Mintage of 1,506 in proof for each denomination. A fully original set in high grade and well matched overall; the copper is brown, and aside from the Threepence (which shows attractive smokey tone on the obverse), the silver denominations all display mostly white surfaces with traces of tone along the edges. Grades are as follows: 64-BN, 64-BN, 66, 65, 66, and 64 respectively, and all with the proof designation. An always in demand date in proof, especially the copper, and with a current catalog of $1,700 in Krause." The type was issued 1959-64 from Melbourne and Perth; this is a Melbourne product. No half pennies were struck 1956-58.
Recorded mintage: 10,166,000 plus 1,506 proofs.
Specification: 5.67 g, bronze, 25.5 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: KM-61.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
- McDonald, Greg, The Pocket Guide to Australian Coins and Banknotes, 23rd ed., Lavington, Australia, 2017.
- Ponterio, Richard, The January 2015 NYINC Auction: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Featuring the John W. Adams and Ray Czabor Collections, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2014.
- Ponterio, Richard, The August 2016 Anaheim ANA Auction: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2016.