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50 Cents - Elizabeth II Royal Visit 5th Portrait

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (Royal Visit) 5th Portrait -  obverse 50 Cents - Elizabeth II (Royal Visit) 5th Portrait -  reverse

© Mike Bentley

Features

Country Australia
Type Circulating commemorative coin
Year 2000
Value 50 Cents
0.50 AUD = 0.34 USD
Composition Copper-nickel
Weight 15.55 g
Diameter 31.5 mm
Thickness 3 mm
Shape Dodecagonal (12-sided)
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
References KM# 437
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)

Commemorative issue

Royal Visit 2000

Obverse

5th Portrait of Queen Elizabeth II facing right.
Wearing the Girls of Great Britain & Ireland Tiara.

Lettering: ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2000

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.

Reverse

Depiction of the flag pole at Parliament House in Canberra ACT flying the Australian flag. Small St Edward's Crown to the right

Lettering:
ROYAL VISIT
2000
50

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 (Royal Visit) 5th Portrait

© Mike Bentley

Comments

A fact to note about this coin is it's obverse design. It is an entirely different design to all other effigies on Australian decimal currency. In 1996 the RAM was invited to submit designs for an update to the portrait of Her Majesty on the obverse of Commonwealth coinage. The RAM's in house designer at the time Vladimir Gottwald submitted his design and was among the final 3 viewed by the Queen herself for approval. Although the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy was chosen, Gottwald's design was approved for a one time striking on this 2000 Royal Visit 50 cent commemorative coin issued into circulation.

A Fine Silver (.999) Proof version of the coin was also released in a capsule in a plush case with limited edition certificate.

Update 1 - The Gottwald Effigy has now been re-issued on a commemorative $1 coin in 2019 as part of the Effigies Through Time six coin set.
Update 2 - The Gottwald Effigy has also been re-issued on a 2019 50 cent coin included in the 50th Anniversary of the 12 Sided 50 Cent coin five coin set.

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2000  5,145,000 1.39 3.58 3.51 Circulation

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