Proof 1/2 Penny, Issued by New Zealand, 1949
Minted by Royal Mint, London

Obverse Description

Bare head of the king facing left; around, KING GEORGE THE SIXTH; below neck in small letters the artist's initials, HP (Humphrey Paget)

Reverse Description

At centre, between two Maori scroll designs, a tiki; around, NEW ZEALAND HALF PENNY; below, 1949

Edge Description



With the independence of India on 15 August 1947, King George VI ceased to be Emperor of India. On the New Zealand bronze coinage of 1949, the first bronze issue struck since independence, the obverse legend was changed from GEORGE VI KING EMPEROR to KING GEORGE THE SIXTH.

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