New Zealand 1960 1/2 penny

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Ponterio sale 168, lot 50582
photo courtesy Stack's-Bowers LLC

This specimen was part of lot 50582 in Ponterio sale 168 (Philadelphia, August 2012), where it sold for $529. The catalog description[1] noted, "NEW ZEALAND. 1/2 Penny, 1960. PCGS PROOF-63 RB." New Zealand did not receive her own coinage until 1933, British coins being used heretofore. Issue of pennies and half pennies did not begin until 1940. This type, with a visible shoulder fold in the queen's dress, was minted 1956-65. All dates are common but proofs are rare. The coinage was decimalized in 1967.

Recorded mintage: 2,400,000 plus a few proofs.

Specification: bronze, 25.3 mm diameter.

Catalog reference: KM 23.2.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, Ponterio sale 168: The Official ANA Auction, Irvine, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2012.

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