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50 Cents - Elizabeth II Decimal Currency

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (Decimal Currency) -  obverse 50 Cents - Elizabeth II (Decimal Currency) -  reverse

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Features

Country Australia
Type Circulating commemorative coin
Year 1991
Value 50 Cents
0.50 AUD = 0.34 USD
Composition Copper-nickel
Weight 15.55 g
Diameter 31.50 mm
Thickness 3 mm
Shape Dodecagonal (12-sided)
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
References KM# 139
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)

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·

Engraver: George Kruger Gray

George Kruger Gray was an English artist, best remembered for his designs of coinage and stained glass windows.

Edge

12 Sided Smooth

Comments

The reverse of this commemorative coin 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.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
1991  4,364,000 2.32 2.84 3.34
1991  148,000 In Sets only
1991  41,490 Proof

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