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50 Cents - Elizabeth II 3rd Portrait - Decimal Currency

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (3rd Portrait - Decimal Currency) -  obverse50 Cents - Elizabeth II (3rd Portrait - Decimal Currency) -  reverse

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Features

Country Australia
Queen Elizabeth II (1952-date)
Type Circulating commemorative coin
Year 1991
Value 50 Cents
0.50 AUD = 0.35 USD
Currency Dollar (1966-date)
Composition Copper-nickel
Weight 15.55 g
Diameter 31.51 mm
Thickness 2.55 mm
Shape Dodecagonal (12-sided)
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
References KM# 139
  • Schmidt, Tracy L. (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248979.
  • Michael, Thomas & Tracy L. Schmidt; 2016. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700 (7th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248573.
  • Michael, Thomas (editor); 2016. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800 (7th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440247064.
  • Schmidt, Tracy L. (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900 (9th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248955.
  • Schmidt, Tracy L. (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000 (47th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248962.

Commemorative issue

25th Anniversary of Decimal Currency

Obverse

3rd portrait of Queen Elizabeth II facing right wearing the King George IV State Diadem

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II
AUSTRALIA 1991
RDM

Engraver: Raphael David Maklouf

Raphael David Maklouf is a sculptor, best known for designing the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II used on the coins of many Commonwealth nations. Maklouf was born in Jerusalem emigrating with his family to the United Kingdom after the Second World War. He attended the Camberwell School of Art until 1958, afterward becoming an academic lecturer for ten years. He was made an Associate of the Royal Society of British Sculptors in 1979. Raphael Maklouf was born to a Jewish family. His father is Samuel Maklouf, born in Safed, Raphael Makouf's mother is Leonie Maklouf.

Reverse

Head of Merino Ram

Lettering:
25th ANNIVERSARY OF DECIMAL CURRENCY
·FIFTY CENTS·

Engravers: George Kruger Gray , Horst Hahne

George Kruger Gray was an English artist, best remembered for his designs of coinage and stained glass windows.
Horst Hahne PSM, is an Australian sculptor, medallist and designer. Signature: "HH"

Edge

12 Sided Smooth

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (3rd Portrait - Decimal Currency) -  obverse

© Mike Bentley

Mint

Royal Australian Mint, Canberra, Australia (1965-date)

Comments

Released into circulation by the RAM in 1991 is this Rams Head commemorative coin the reverse of which was designed by RAM master sculptor Horst Hahne using the Rams Head from the Australian shilling which was minted from 1938 to 1963. The coin celebrates 25 years since the introduction of decimal currency in Australia in 1966.

The coin was included in the Year Proof & Year Uncirculated Sets for 1988.


It was also issued by the RAM in a square plastic Green & Gold "D Day" case, mintage unknown.
 

A Sterling Silver (.925) version of the coin was included in the 1991 Masterpieces in Silver Proof Set.

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1991  4,704,400 2.14 2.14 3.20 3.37 95% Circulation
1991  41,490 2% Proof Year Set
1991  1,000 0.2% Proof Year Set Singapore Coin Fair Issue
1991  0.4% Specimen Cased D-Day Issue
1991  147,700 6% UNC Year Set
1991  200 0.2% UNC Year Set Singapore Coin Fair Issue

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