Square pattern Halfpenny, 1920
Between 1919 and 1921 a series of experiments were undertaken for a square coinage in nickel to replace the large bronze penny and halfpenny coins. These patterns were never authorised for issue.
A square nickel pattern coin with rounded corners (14.5 mm across, plain edge) featuring a bare head of George V facing left with the legend around GEORGE V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX 1920. The reverse features a Kookaburra seated facing right on small branch; curved above, AUSTRALIA; below at right in two lines and large letters, HALF PENNY
Bare head of George V facing left; around in a circle, GEORGIVS S D.G. BRITT: OMN: REX 1920
Kookaburra standing on small branch facing right; above, AUSTRALIA; below in two lines, HALF PENNY
Transfer from National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), 15/3/1976
Obverse: GEORGE V D. G. BRITT: OMN: REX 1920 Reverse: AUSTRALIA HALF PENNY
Type of item
14.5 mm (Length), 14.5 mm (Width), 1.981 g (Weight)
Rennicks Type 1 McDonald Type12
[Book] McDonald, Greg. 1987. Australian Coin and Banknote Market Guide.