Australia 1935 half penny

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Heritage sale 3010, part of lot 20190
photo courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries

This specimen was part of lot 20190 in Heritage sale 3010 (Boston, August 2010), which did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted, "Exceedingly Rare, Gem Proof 1935 George V Halfpenny and Penny - George V Proof Halfpenny & Penny 1935, KM 22 and 23, certified by NGC as follows: Halfpenny Proof 66 BN, pristine surfaces with rich deep brown gloss and iridescent luster in the legends, an incredible coin in all respects, and Penny Proof 65 BN, exquisite mahogany with blue-green highlights and fully reflective fields. A rare pair, each with an original mintage of 100." The type was issued 1911-36 with Melbourne being the sole producer after 1926. This date is common up thru extremely fine but the proofs are rare.

Recorded mintage: 2,916,000 plus 100 proofs.

Specification: 5.6 g, bronze, 25.5 mm diameter, plain edge.

Catalog reference: KM 22.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 47th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2019.
  • McDonald, Greg, The Pocket Guide to Australian Coins and Banknotes, 23rd ed., Lavington, Australia, 2017.
  • [1]Tucker, Warren, Scott Cordry and John Kraljevich, Heritage Sale 3010: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2010.

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