Fiji 1952 1/2 penny
This specimen was lot 34303 in Heritage sale 3038 (Dallas, January 2015), where it sold for $1,116.25. The catalog description noted, "George VI Proof 1/2 Penny 1952 PR67 NGC. An exceptional example of this rare Proof type with mirror-like surfaces and unblemished fields." This type was struck 1949-52 and is common, tho the proofs are scarce. A half penny of 1954 ends the series. Coinage was initiated for the Fiji Islands in 1934, the year after New Zealand and the year before New Guinea. The sterling coinage ceased in 1968.
Recorded mintage: 228,000 plus a few proofs.
Specification: copper nickel.
Catalog reference: KM 16.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
- Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and Scott Cordry, Heritage Signature Auction 3038, featuring the Empire, the Santa Catarina, the Law and the Santa Maria Collections, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2014.