Obverse Inscription - GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND IMP - By the Grace of God George VI King of all Britain, Defender of the Faith and Emporour of Indian
Reverse Inscription - HALF PENNY 1943
More Information About George VI Half Pennies
The Half Penny dates back to before the formation of the English
nation. Silver was first used for the striking of Half Pence and Copper
was first used in the striking of Half Pence 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 VI Half Pennies were struck from 1937 until 1952.
Their are two distinct types to be found caused by differing
inscriptions. The Half Pennies with the First Inscription were struck
from 1937 to 1948. The Half Pence with the Second Inscription were
from 1949 to 1952.
The obverse was designed by Thomas Humphrey Paget.
In keeping with the old tradition George's portrait faces to
the left, in
the opposite direction to his predecessor. George VI portrait depicts
him bare headed with no Crown.
The reverse was designed by Thomas Humphrey Paget.
reverse device is the Golden Hind the ship famous for being the one
sailed by Sir Francis Drake (an English privateer).