Obverse. Photo © Museum Victoria
  • 1/2 Penny 1911-1925, KM# 809, United Kingdom (Great Britain), George V
  • 1/2 Penny 1911-1925, KM# 809, United Kingdom (Great Britain), George V
Description

The British pre-decimal halfpenny (½d) coin, usually simply known as a halfpenny, was a unit of currency that equalled half of a penny or 1/480th of a pound sterling. Originally the halfpenny was minted in copper, but after 1860 it was minted in bronze.

George V (1865–1936) was King of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions, and Emperor of India, from 6 May 1910 until his death in 1936. He was the only Emperor of India to be present at his own Delhi Durbar. His reign saw the rise of socialism, communism, fascism, Irish republicanism, and the Indian independence movement, all of which radically changed the political landscape. In 1917, George became the first monarch of the House of Windsor, which he renamed from the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha as a result of anti-German public sentiment.

Obverse

Bare head of King George V facing left; below on neck engraver's initials.

GEORGIUS V DEI GRATIA BRITANNIARUM OMNIUM REX FIDEI DEFENSOR INDIAE IMPERATOR means George V, by the Grace of God, of all the Britains King, Defender of the Faith, Emperor of India.

Engraver: Edgar Bertram MacKennal

GEORGIVS V DEI GRA:BRITT:OMN:REX FID:DEF:IND:IMP
B.M.

Reverse

Seated Britannia facing right, wearing a plumed helmet, sandals and long flowing robes. Her right hand rests on a large oval shield bearing the combined crosses of the Union Flag, and the left hand is holding a plain trident. Value lettering surrounding, date underneath, sea behind.

Engraver: Leonard Charles Wyon

HALF PENNY
1923

Edge
Characteristics
Material Bronze
Weight 5.7 g
Diameter 25.5 mm
Thickness 1.28 mm
Shape round
Alignment Medal
Mint
Royal Mint

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