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

Features

Country Australia
Type Circulating commemorative coin
Year 2005
Value 50 Cents
0.50 AUD = 0.34 USD
Currency Dollar (1966-date)
Composition Copper-nickel
Weight 15.55 g
Diameter 31.5 mm
Thickness 2.5 mm
Shape Dodecagonal (12-sided)
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
References KM# 769,
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)
Schön# 843
Weltmünzkatalog
by Gerhard Schön, Günter Schön
(Battenberg Gietl Verlag)

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) -  obverse

© Mike Bentley

Comments

The Royal Australian Mint released this commemorative fifty cent into circulation. Just to confuse you the coin is dated 2005 on the obverse but features "Melbourne 2006 XVIII Commonwealth Games" on the reverse. This coin was designed by 16 year old Victorian Kelly Just who won a nation-wide secondary school competition to design the reverse.

The coin was also available in UNC condition in a Coincard.
 

It was also included in the Special 18 Coin Set with 16 other different NCLT 50 Cent coins and a $5 Aluminium Bronze NCLT Coin.
 

A Fine Silver (.999) version was released in a capsule in a plush box with limited edition certificate.

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2005  20,719,000 1.27 1.27 2.28 Circulation
2005  15,000 UNC in 50 Cent Folder Collection
2005  24,806 UNC in Coincard

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