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50 Cents - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait - Commonwealth Games Melbourne 2006

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Commonwealth Games Melbourne 2006) -  obverse 50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Commonwealth Games Melbourne 2006) -  reverse

Obverse © Mike Bentley

Features

Country Australia
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2005
Value 50 Cents
0.50 AUD = 0.34 USD
Composition Silver (.999)
Weight 18.24 g
Diameter 31.5 mm
Thickness 2.8 mm
Shape Dodecagonal (12-sided)
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑

Commemorative issue

Commonwealth Games, Melbourne 2006

Obverse

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

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2005
IRB

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

Depiction of animals mimicking athletes as they are competing in the Games. Symbolic of the embracing spirit of the Commonwealth Games and Australia's unique fauna

Lettering:
MELBOURNE 2006
50
XVIII COMMONWEALTH GAMES

Engraver: Vladimir Gottwald

Vladimir Gottwald was a member of the Royal Australian Mint's Design and Engraving Section. His portrait, designed following the British Royal Mint's invitation for a new effigy in 1996, was among the three designs submitted to Her Majesty for approval. Although Rank-Broadley's design was eventually chosen, Gottwald's design was approved for a once only use to commemorate the Royal Visit in 2000.

Edge

12 Sided Smooth

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Commonwealth Games Melbourne 2006)

© Mike Bentley

Comments

This Fine Silver (.999) Proof NCLT 50 cent coin was released by the RAM  in 2005 in a capsule in a plush blue box with limited edition certificate. This coin was designed by 16 year old Victorian 'Kelly Just' who won a nation-wide secondary school competition to design the reverse.


Over 20 million of the coin were also released into circulation as a Copper-nickel coin. Just to confuse you the coin is dated 2005 on the obverse but features "Melbourne 2006 XVIII Commonwealth Games" on the reverse.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
2005  5,402 Proof in Case

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