Australia 1938 half penny

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Ponterio sale 177, lot 13008
photo courtesy Stack's-Bowers LLC

This specimen was lot 13008 in Ponterio sale 177 (Chicago, August 2013), where it sold for $7,050. The catalog description[1] noted, "AUSTRALIA. 1/2 Penny, 1938. NGC PROOF-63 RB. RARE. Mintage of only 250 pieces. Tied for highest graded by NGC. From the Demarete Collection." The reverse was revised in 1939 to feature the leaping kangaroo (KM 41). This product of the Melbourne mint is common up thru About Uncirculated.

Recorded mintage: 3,014,000 plus 250 proofs.

Specification: 5.6 g, bronze, 25.5 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM 35.


  • 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]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 177: The August 2013 Chicago ANA Auction, World Coins, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers, LLC, 2013.

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