South Africa 1925 1/2 penny

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Heritage sale 3042, lot 30609
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This specimen was lot 30609 in Heritage sale 3042 (Long Beach, September 2015), where it did not sell. The catalog description[1] noted, "George V 1/2 Penny 1925 MS63 Brown NGC. An appealing example despite unusual surfaces, with bright mint red peeking from beneath a patchy blackened patina." For 1923-26, the denomination was expressed as "½ PENNY ½"; for 1928-31, this was shortened to "½ PENNY". In 1931, the reverse was modified to read "½ D" instead and struck in this form until 1936. Similar changes were effected on the farthing and penny. This is a better date but not rare.

Recorded mintage: 69,000.

Specification: bronze.

Catalog reference: KM 13.1.


  • Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000, 42nd ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2014.
  • Hern, Brian, John Bothma and Hercie Pieterse, Hern's Handbook on South African Coins & Patterns, Ferndale, South Africa, 2013.
  • [1]Cristiano Bierrenbach, Warren Tucker and David Michaels, Heritage World Coin Auction 3042, featuring the Read and Bob Bennett Collections, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2015.

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