South Africa 1930 1/2 penny

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Heritage sale 3049, lot 34076
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This specimen was lot 34076 in Heritage sale 3049 (Long Beach, September 2016), where it sold for $493.50. The catalog description[1] noted, "George V 1/2 Penny 1930 MS65 Red NGC. Common in lower grades, yet bordering on rare when presented this choice. Strong orange red color with dazzling original luster." 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: 147,000 plus 14 proofs.

Specification: bronze.

Catalog reference: KM 13.2.


  • 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 3049, featuring the Ohio Valley Collection, the Redwood Collection and the F.P. Briand Collection, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2016.

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