# Coins of England and Great Britain

## ('Coins of the UK')

## by Tony Clayton

# Decimal Half Penny

The Change to Decimal Coinage <<-- :
-->> Decimal One Penny

Values of Decimal Half Penny coins

Pictures of Decimal Half Penny Coins

This small coin weighed 1.78 grams and was 17.14 mm diameter, making it the
smallest circulation coin of the decimal series in size as well as
denomination.

The design was simple, with the reverse
showing a crown with 1/2 below and NEW PENNY at the top.
The obverse of all the half pence consists of the First Portrait,
with inscription ELIZABETH II D G REG F D (*date*)

This initial design was issued annually from 1971 to 1981, although
coins dated 1972
were only issued in Proof Sets.

In 1982 it was considered that the word NEW was now obsolete, and
the reverse legend changed to HALF PENNY.

This second design was minted from 1982
to 1984. Coins dated 1984 were not issued for circulation, and were only
issued in Mint Sets and Proof Sets, as the usefulness of the coin
had been diminished by inflation.

The coin was demonetised and withdrawn in December 1984.

### Acknowledgements

See my Main Coins Index page for acknowledgements

### Links

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Values of Decimal Halfpence

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Pictures of Decimal Halfpence

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Decimal Coins of UK - The Decimal Halfpenny

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v15 23rd March 2015