1/2 Penny, Issued by New Zealand, 1953
Minted by Royal Mint, London

Obverse Description

Laureate bust right; around, + QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND; artist's initials incuse on neck truncation, MG (Mary Gillick)

Reverse Description

At centre, between two Maori scroll designs, a tiki; around, NEW ZEALAND HALF PENNY; below, 1953

Edge Description



On the death of King George VI in 1952, Princess Elizabeth became Elizabeth II. She was Head of the Commonwealth and queen of seven independent Commonwealth countries: the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Pakistan, and Ceylon. Her coronation was held on 2 June 1953 and her portrait, by Mary Gillick, appears on the New Zealand coinage from that year.

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