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50 Cents - Elizabeth II Masterpieces in Silver - 1918 Sixpence

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (Masterpieces in Silver - 1918 Sixpence) -  obverse50 Cents - Elizabeth II (Masterpieces in Silver - 1918 Sixpence) -  reverse

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Features

Country Australia
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 1999
Value 50 Cents
0.50 AUD = 0.34 USD
Currency Dollar (1966-date)
Composition Silver (.999)
Weight 3.24 g
Diameter 19.41 mm
Thickness 1.5 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
References KM# 484
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)

Commemorative issue

Masterpieces in Silver 1999 - Pre Decimal Circulation Coins

Obverse

4th portrait of Queen Elizabeth II facing right wearing the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1999
IRB
FIFTY CENTS

Engraver: Ian Rank-Broadley

Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS is a British sculptor who has produced many acclaimed works, among which are several designs for British coinage.

Reverse

Sixpence 1918 reverse design of KM#25
Coat of arms with Kangaroo and Emu supporters

Lettering:
SIXPENCE
ADVANCE AUSTRALIA
1918

Engraver: William Henry James Blakemore

William Henry James Blakemore (1871, in West Midlands Birmingham, England – 1945) was an English engraver, and medallist at the Royal Mint London. During his long career with the Royal Mint William Blakemore was the craftsman for the engraving of master dies for the Royal Mint London, and other Royal Mint branches, like the Royal Canadian Mint. He also engraved the designs for the first Australian coins of 1910.

Edge

Reeded/milled

Comments

This NCLT Fine Silver (.999) NCLT coin was released as part of the 1999 Masterpieces in Silver "Pre Decimal Circulation Coins" set which contained five other re-makes of pre-decimal coins of various types. Each of the coins in the set featured the dates of rare original coins in each of the denominations.

The reverse of this stunning coin is a replica of the original rare Melbourne Mint 1918 Sixpence of which only 915,000 were made. However the obverse has the 1998 Ian Rank-Broadley fourth Portrait of Queen Elizabeth the second, unlike the original coin which had a Portrait of King George V facing left.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
1999  15,000 Proof in Masterpieces in Silver Set

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