Fiji 1934 1/2 penny
This specimen was part of lot 23748 in Heritage sale 3020 (Long Beach, September 2012), where it sold for $9,400. The catalog description noted, "George V Proof Set 1934, KM1-5, PR66 NGC on the Halfpenny, Sixpence and Shilling and PR67 NGC on the Penny and the Florin. While one may occasionally see the Proof oddment for 1934, this full set came from the Melbourne Mint duplicates. From The Ted Reams Collection." Coinage was initiated for the Fiji Islands in 1934, the year after New Zealand and the year before New Guinea. Altho mintages were small, enough were saved that most dates are common today. The proofs, however, are rare. The sterling coinage ceased in 1968.
Recorded mintage: 96,000.
Catalog reference: KM 1.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
- Tucker, Warren, and Cris Bierrenbach, Heritage Signature Auction 3020: World Coins, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2012.