Australia 1962(p) half penny
This specimen was lot 30057 in Heritage sale 3035 (Long Beach, September 2014), where it sold for $1,645. The catalog description noted, "Elizabeth II Proof 1/2 Penny 1962-(P) PR67 Red PCGS, Perth mint. Incredibly high-grade and virtually flawless with stunning red surfaces." The type was issued 1959-64 from Melbourne and Perth.
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: 10,259,000 plus 1,064 proofs.
Specifications: 5.9 g, bronze, 25.5 mm diameter.
Catalog reference: KM 61.
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- McDonald, Greg, The Pocket Guide to Australian Coins and Banknotes, 23rd ed., Lavington, Australia, 2017.
- Bierrenbach, Cristiano, and Warren Tucker, Heritage Signature Auction 3035, World and Ancient Coins, featuring the FoxLair Collection and the Law Collection, Dallas: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2014.