Australia 1939 half penny KM-41

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Goldberg sale 65, lot 4642
photo courtesy Goldberg Coins and Collectibles

This specimen was lot 4642 in Goldberg sale 65 (Los Angeles, September 2011), where it sold for $92. The catalog description[1] noted, "Australia. ½ Penny, 1939. Kangaroo reverse. NGC graded AU-58 Brown." Two types of half pennies are recorded from Melbourne for 1939; the leaping kangaroo reverse shown here is much the scarcer.

Sterling coinage was struck for several countries besides Great Britain, including Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Southern Rhodesia, Fiji and New Guinea. All converted to decimal coinage in the 1960's.

Recorded mintage: 504,000.

Specifications: bronze.

Catalog reference: KM 41.


  • 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]Goldberg, Ira, and Larry Goldberg, Goldberg sale 65: The Pre-Long Beach Auction, Ancient and World Coins, Los Angeles: Goldberg Coins and Collectibles, 2011.

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