Obverse Inscription - GEORGIVS V DEI GRA:BRITT:OMN:REX FID:DEF:IND:IMP: - By the Grace of God George V King of all Britain, Defender of the Faith and Emporour of India.
Reverse Inscription - HALF PENNY 1932
More Information About George V Small Head Half Pennies
The Half Penny dates back to before the formation of the English
nation. Copper was first used in the striking of Half Pence in during
the Reign of Charles II in the year 1672. Bronze was used as a more
hard wearing, longer lasting alternative in 1860 and was used until the
Half Penny was demonetised in 1984. The Half Penny was removed from
circulation because of its very low value made it almost pointless. Its
tiny size was also very unpopular with the public.
Pre-decimal George V Half Pennies were struck from 1911 until 1936.
Their are three distinct types to be found. The
Large Head 1911 - 1925, Modified Effigy 1925 - 1927 and the Small Head
1928 - 1936.
ObverseSmall Head Half Penny
The obverse was designed by Edgar Bertram MacKennal.
In keeping with the old tradition George's portrait faces to
the left, in
the opposite direction to his predecessor. George V portrait depicts
him bare headed with no Crown. The Small Head portrait is much smaller
than the original portrait. The bottom of the portrait enters the space
of the inscription.
ReverseLarge Small Half Penny
The reverse device is Britannia seated facing right with a Trident in
her left hand and her right hand is resting on top a oval shield
emblazoned with the Union Flag.