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Elizabeth II (1952-) halfpenny, 1979. The obbverse shows profile portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, facing right and encircled by beading. The Queen wears the 'Girls of Great Britain and Ireland' Tiara. The inscription reads 'ELIZABETH II D.G.REG.F.D.' (Elizabeth II by the grace of God Queen and Defender of the Faith)

The reverse depicts the St Edward's crown at the centre, with the value fraction, 1/2, below the crown.The inscription reads 'NEW PENNY'.

The British halfpenny was introduced in 1971 to enable accurate translation of the prices to the new decimal currency. The halfpenny proved to be very unpopular with British consumers, as the coins
were ignored in banking transactions and were rarely used in everyday purchases. By 1984, halfpennies had become more expensive to produce than their face value, and they were withdrawn from circulation.
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dia 17.1mm (dia 11/16")
1mm (1/16")
w 1.78g
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