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South Africa Half Penny and Penny  1923 to 1960
South Africa Half Penny and Penny 1923 to 1960

Hi Orrine -- You have a modern penny from South Africa, which was British until 1961. Since it is a British coin, the picture on the front shows the reigning monarch: George V, George VI, or Elizabeth II. These are nice, big, heavy collectible coins, and the sailing ship design on the reverse is a nice one.

In 1931 they changed the reading of the denomination of the coin from 1 PENNY to 1D, where 'D' is short for DENARIUS, a small coin from the ancient Roman Empire. The half penny shows 1/2D.

The coin in our picture is a beauty. It has no wear and strong eye appeal. It comes from respected eBay seller 4thekidssa, and CoinQuest thanks this forward-looking eBayer for allowing us to use the picture.

Value-wise, the early dates (like 4thekidssa's coin) are scarce and therefore command good value. After 1933, Britain upped production and the more abundant coins go down in value. The listings below give approximate 'ballpark' values for these coins.

HALF PENNY 1923 to 1930:
worn: $4 US dollars catalog value
average circulated: $10
well preserved: $40
fully uncirculated (like our picture): $100
coins dated 1923: $100 in well preserved condition

HALF PENNY 1931 to 1938:
worn: $3 US dollars catalog value
average circulated: $8
well preserved: $20
fully uncirculated: $80
coins dated 1933: $15 in average circulated condition

HALF PENNY 1939 to 1960:
worn: less than $1 US dollars catalog value
average circulated: $1
well preserved: $4
fully uncirculated: $8

PENNY 1923 to 1930:
worn: $5 US dollars catalog value
average circulated: $15
well preserved: $50
fully uncirculated (like our picture): $200

PENNY 1931 to 1938:
worn: $3 US dollars catalog value
average circulated: $8
well preserved: $20
fully uncirculated: $80
coins dated 1933: $15 in average circulated condition

PENNY 1939 to 1960:
worn: $1 US dollars catalog value
average circulated: $3
well preserved: $8
fully uncirculated: $12
coins dated 1947: $10 average circulated
coins dated 1954: $8 average circulated

Use our Important Terminology page to convert these catalog values to actual buy and sell values.

Coin: 5248 , Genre: Colonizers and Colonies
Requested by: orrine sodano, Wed, 18-Aug-2010 02:41:25 GMT
Answered by: Paul, Thu, 30-Aug-2012 15:12:24 GMT
Updated by CoinQuest. Appraisal ok., Sat, 16-Aug-2014 16:17:42 GMT
Requester description: 1955 on the back of coin it says suid-afrika.1955.south africa 1D and in the center it has a ship sitting on water..on the front of coin it says elizabeth 2 regina and it has a woman in the center its as big as a 50 cent coin and its copper.
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