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50 Cents - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait - Houston-Perth Sister Cities

Features

Country Australia
Queen Elizabeth II (1952-date)
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2014
Value 50 Cents
0.50 AUD = 0.36 USD
Currency Dollar (1966-date)
Composition Silver (.999)
Weight 15.591 g
Diameter 32.6 mm
Thickness 3.1 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑

Commemorative issue

Houston-Perth Sister Cities.

Obverse

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

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA
IRB
1/2OZ 999 SILVER 2014 50 CENTS

Designer: 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

Depiction of two different Oil Rigs
Southern cross stars in the background

Lettering:
HOUSTON - TEXAS PERTH - WESTERN AUSTRALIA
WR
P
SISTER CITIES

Engraver: WR

Edge

Reeded

Mint

P Perth Mint, Australia

Comments

In 1984, the cities of Houston, Texas in the United States and Perth, Western Australia in Australia joined together in an official partnership as Sister Cities. The historical foundation for this partnership went much further back than 1984 however.

During the Battle of Sunda Strait in World War II, the USS Houston and HMAS Perth formed a joint American-Australian task force that attacked a superior Japanese naval force in hopes of delaying Japanese movements toward Australia. Both ships were sunk that day, but succeeded in stalling the Japanese Navy long enough for the American and Australian navies to regroup and halt the Japanese advance entirely.

On the reverse of these ½ oz Texas-Australia Sister Cities Silver Coins you’ll find an energy-themed design that features two distinctly different oil derricks. On the right is the typical offshore derrick you’ll find in the Gulf of Mexico off Houston’s coast, while the other represents the energy efforts of Australian firms in and around Perth.

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC
2014 P 100,005 11.48 UNC

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