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    Decimal Half Pennies

    Decimal Half Pennies were struck for Elizabeth II from 1971 to 1984, 1972 and 1984 were struck as proofs and not for circulation. There were two types of Half Pence struck but they were very similar coins. The obverse through out the striking of the decimal Half Penny was kept same. Also kept the same was its composition of bronze, the diameter of 17.14 millimeters and weight approximately 1.78 grams. The obverse was designed by Arnold Machin and the reverse by Christopher Ironside. Elizabeth's portrait faces to the right and the obverse inscription reads ELIZABETH·II D·G·REG·F·D· followed by the date.

    It was known that the Decimal Half Penny would not last long but it was seen as necessary to help people get used to the new decimal system. The Half Penny proved to be very unpopular because of its tiny size and many did not miss them when they were demonetized on the 31st of December 1984.

    I however quite like there simple elegant design and even though they are worth very little they remain one of my favorite coins.

    Decimal Half Penny Varieties
    CW# Date Mintage Additional Info
    1 1971 1,394,188,250 Rev1
    2 1971 350,000 Rev1 Proof
    3 1971 Not Known Rev1 Double Headed Error
    4 1972 150,000 Rev1 G Proof
    5 1973 365,680,000 Rev1
    6 1973 100,000 Rev1 G Proof
    7 1974 365,448,000 Rev1
    8 1974 100,000 Rev1 G Proof
    9 1975 197,600,000 Rev1
    10 1975 100,000 Rev1 G Proof
    11 1976 412,172,000 Rev1
    12 1976 100,000 Rev1 G Proof
    13 1977 66,368,000 Rev1
    14 1977 194,000 Rev1 G Proof
    15 1978 59,532,000 Rev1
    16 1978 88,000 Rev1 G Proof
    17 1979 219,132,000 Rev1
    18 1979 81,000 Rev1 G Proof
    19 1980 201,788,000 Rev1
    20 1980 143,000 Rev1 F Proof
    21 1981 46,748,000 Rev1
    22 1981 100,000 Rev1 F Proof
    23 1982 190,752,000 Rev2
    24 1982 107,000 Rev2 F Proof
    25 1983 7,600,000 Rev2
    26 1983 108,000 Rev2 F Proof
    27 1984 40,000? Rev2
    28 1984 107,000? Rev2 F Proof

    Reverse Types

    The reverses are basically the same with the only differences being the inscriptions which were changed in 1982.

    Reverse 1

    The inscription on the first reverse reads NEW PENNY pointing out to the public that it is of the newer Decimal type of money and not the old pre-decimal money.

    Reverse 2

    The inscription was changed as the public had been using the new currency plenty long enough to tell the difference between pre-decimal and decimal coins. The second inscription reads HALF PENNY

    Proof Types

    Gloss Proof


    To produce Gloss Proofs like this the entire die's surface is polished to
    obtain this perfect finish across the whole coin. The surface is highly
    reflective and with full luster has a very glossy quality unlike any circulation issue.

    Frosted Proof


    A Frosted Proof is a Proof coin which has a contrast between the device
    and the Field.The field is made perfect and flawless by polishing the die
    and the Frosted area is created by shot blasting it to give the die a rough surface.


    Obv1 Rev1 Circulation Coin

    New Penny

    Struck from 1971 to 1981 (1972 was only struck as a Proof). The obverse was designed by Arnold Machin and the reverse was designed by Christopher Ironside. The reverse design was of a crown in the center of the coin with half written in its fractional form beneath it. The reverse inscription simply read NEW PENNY.

    CW# 1

    Obv1 Rev1 Gloss Proof

    New Penny

    CW# 4

    Obv1 Rev2 Circulation Coin

    Half Penny

    Struck from 1982 to 1984, the reverse design is the same Christopher Ironside design as used in the first type with one difference the inscription was changed to HALF PENNY.

    CW# 23

    Obv1 Rev2 Frosted Proof

    Half Penny

    CW# 24