1913 Australian half penny

Emma writes: I have a coin but I don’t know what it’s worth, please help. It’s a 1913 half penny from Australia.

The Australian bronze 1/2 penny was part of a monetary system that was adopted from the British and was in use in Australia from the early 19th century to 1966. The system worked like this:

  • 12 pence = 1 shilling
  • 2 shillings = Florin
  • 5 shillings = 1 Crown
  • 20 shillings= 1 pound
  • In 1966 Australia adopted a decimal system (100 cents = 1 dollar)

The 1913 Australia 1/2 penny features the bust of King George V of Great Britain and was minted in London for Australia. There are two varieties, a narrow date and a wide date. Both varieties are roughly worth the same. Mintage: 2,160,000 pieces. Values depend on grade (condition of the coin described by the standard grading system. See the CoinSite FAQ for information about grading). Approximate value range depending on grade: US 5 cents – $150.