New Half Penny – United Kingdom 1971-1981

Half Penny

The New Half Penny coin was part of the UK Decimal Coins 1968 – Present series of Great Britain. Minted by the Royal Mint between the years 1971 and 1981.

In this next section we will take a quick look at the various specifications of the Half Penny Coin.

The composition of the coin was Bronze and had a plain smooth edge. The Half Penny was circular in its shape, whilst it had a raised dotted circle on both sides rim. It had a weight of 1.78 grams, a diameter of 17.14mm,and a thickness of 1.07mm.

The known mintage of the Half Penny coin is 3,331,162,850.



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The Front

New Half Penny UK

The front of the New Half Penny features a A Small St Edward’s Crown. the value (1/2) is on the bottom of the coin. The legend on the front of the New Half Penny features the words “NEW PENNY” and 8 pins with pearl on the top. Christopher Ironside designed the front of the New Half Penny coin.

 

The Back

New Half Penny UK

The back of the Half Penny features a A Young bust queen Elizabeth II. . The legend on the front of the Half Penny features ELIZABETH‧II on the right and D‧G‧REG‧F‧D‧ on the left. Arnold Machin designed the front of the Half Penny coin.

About the Coin Designer Christopher Ironside

Christopher Ironside

Christopher Ironside was a coin designer who was born on the 11th of July 1913, born in Winchester, Hampshire, England. He lived in The United Kingdom until his death on the 13th July 1992.

Christopher Ironside gained his formal education whilst attending Central School of Arts and Crafts, London, England. He was later employed as a coin designer by The Royal Mint of Great Britain some of his more noteable projects he worked on whilst working at The Royal Mint of Great Britain included the back of the pre 2008 British coins from half penny to fifty pence. He also designed several coins for other countries including, Bahrain, Tanzania, Qatar, UAE, Brunei, Jamaica and many more.

It is also worth mentioning that he was also a well respected painter throughout his life. If you would like to read more about Christopher Ironside you can find more information at Wikipedia.

You can view more coins designed by Christopher Ironside here

 

About the Coin Designer Arnold Machin

Arnold Machin

Arnold Machin was a stamp & coin designer who was born on the 30th Septeber 1911, born in Stoke-on-Trent, England. He lived in The United Kingdom until his death on the 9th of March 1999.

Arnold Machin gained his formal education whilst attending Royal College of Art in London. He was later employed as a stamp & coin designer by The Royal Academy some of his more noteable projects he worked on whilst working at The Royal Academy included In 1964 Machin was chosen to design a new effigy of the Queen for the decimal coinage, which was to be introduced from 1968. This effigy was used for all British coins until 1984. It was used on the coins of Canada from 1965 to 1989, Australia from 1966 to 1984 and New Zealand from 1967 to 1985..

If you would like to read more about Arnold Machin you can find more information at Wikipedia.

You can view more coins designed by Arnold Machin here

 

About the Royal Mint

The Royal Mint

The Royal Mint opened over 1,100 years ago and remains in operation to this day.

Currently located in Llantrisant, Wales, The Royal Mint is a government owned mint that produces coins for the United Kingdom. Operating under the name Royal Mint Ltd, the mint is a limited company that is wholly owned by Her Majesty’s Treasury.

The Original Royal Mint

The original London mint from which the Royal Mint takes heritage was established in 886 AD and operated within the Tower of London for approximately 800 years before moving to the now named Royal Mint Court where it remained until the 1960s. The current function of the Royal Mint Is under an exclusive contract to supply all the nation’s coinage. As well as minting circulating coins for use domestically and internationally, the mint also produces Planchets, commemorative coins, various types of Medals and precious metal bullion. The mint exports to an average of 60 countries a year, making up 70% of its total sales. The Mint moved from London to a new 38 acres (15 ha) plant in Llantrisant, Wales where it has remained since.

The current head of the Royal Mint is Adam Lawrence. You can visit the Royal Mint offical website here.

You can view more coins made by the Royal Mint here

New Half Penny Coin Values

Below you will find a table that gives values for the Half Penny the table shows the coin grade along the top and the year down the left hand side. If you care unsure what grade your coin is, you can read more about coin grading here.

 

Date Denom Mintage AG3 G4 VG8 F12 VF20 XF40 AU50 MS60 MS63 Proof
1971 New Half Penny 1,394,188,250 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.15 $0.00 $1.25 $1.75 $0.00
1971 Proof New Half Penny 350,000 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $1.75
1972 Proof New Half Penny 150,000 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $3.00
1973 New Half Penny 365,680,000 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.15 $0.00 $1.25 $1.75 $0.00
1973 Proof New Half Penny 100,000 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $2.50
1974 New Half Penny 365,448,000 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.15 $0.00 $1.25 $1.75 $0.00
1974 Proof New Half Penny 100,000 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $2.00
1975 New Half Penny 197,600,000 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.15 $0.00 $1.25 $1.75 $0.00
1975 Proof New Half Penny 100,000 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $2.00
1976 New Half Penny 412,172,000 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.15 $0.00 $1.25 $1.75 $0.00
1976 Proof New Half Penny 100,000 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $2.00
1977 New Half Penny 66,368,000 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.15 $0.00 $1.75 $2.50 $0.00
1977 Proof New Half Penny 193,000 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $2.00
1978 New Half Penny 59,532,000 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.15 $0.00 $1.75 $2.50 $0.00
1978 Proof New Half Penny 86,100 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $2.50
1979 New Half Penny 219,132,000 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.15 $0.00 $1.25 $1.75 $0.00
1979 Proof New Half Penny 81,000 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $2.50
1980 New Half Penny 202,788,000 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.15 $0.00 $1.25 $1.75 $0.00
1980 Proof New Half Penny 143,000 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $2.00
1981 New Half Penny 46,748,000 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.15 $0.00 $1.75 $2.50 $0.00
1981 Proof New Half Penny 100,300 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $2.50

 

 

More Information

Pricing information was sourced at NGC Coin. Other resources that are occasionally used for reference include PCGS, Wikipedia, eBay, Amazon and The National Mint websites of various countries as well as Media and Press articles in such instances these are highlighted. If you require any further information on sources please get in touch if you require

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  • October 7, 2017 at 5:16 pm
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    I have a few coins not sure if they are worth much at all.
    50p Benjamin Britton
    50p Battle of Hastings
    They are both fairly new coins, keep seeing in the Press they can carry a value……
    also have a1967 Half penny .
    Please could you let me know the value if any of these coins
    Thanks

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