Australia 1920 half penny

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from the Stack's Bowers 2019 NYINC sale, lot 42260
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This specimen was lot 42260 in Stack's Bowers NYINC sale (New York, January 2019), where it sold for $204. The catalog description[1] noted, "AUSTRALIA. 1/2 Penny, 1920. NGC MS-64 BN. Highly attractive with silky luster and faintly iridescent toning." This half penny was struck 1911-36 at London (1911-14), Heaton (1912-15), Sydney (1919-22), Calcutta (1916-18) and Melbourne (1920-36). Most of the dates are common in worn condition but all are scarce choice. For 1920, all the circulation strikes were made at Sydney.

Recorded mintage: 4,114,000.

Specification: 5.6 g, bronze, 25.5 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM-22.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
  • McDonald, Greg, The Pocket Guide to Australian Coins and Banknotes, 23rd ed., Lavington, Australia, 2017.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Kyle Ponterio, Matt Orsini and Cris Chatigny, The January 2019 NYINC Sale: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2018.

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