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50 Cents - Elizabeth II Ford XY Falcon GT-HO

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (Ford XY Falcon GT-HO) -  obverse 50 Cents - Elizabeth II (Ford XY Falcon GT-HO) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley

Features

Country Australia
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2017
Value 50 Cents
0.50 AUD = 0.34 USD
Composition Copper-nickel
Weight 15.55 g
Diameter 31.51 mm
Thickness 2.5 mm
Shape Dodecagonal (12-sided)
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑

Commemorative issue

Ford Australian Classics

Obverse

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

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2017
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

Image of an Australian built, Red 1971 XY Ford Falcon GT-HO, set against a red background, pad printed on a medallion type background

Lettering:
FORD AUSTRALIAN CLASSICS
50
8 CYLINDER
XY FALCON GT-HO
1971

Engraver: A. Baggio

Edge

12 Sided Smooth

Comments

Following on from the "Holden Heritage" 50 cent twelve coin set released in 2016, the Royal Australian Mint have released a set of twelve "Ford Australian Classics" 50 cent coins in 2017. The coins were available in coin cards in a special tin, which included a coin unique to the tin, with a mintage of 10,000, or could be purchased separately with a further 20,000 minted of the pad printed coins. The 10,000 tin sets with the unique coin sold out in less than 3 days.  

This particular coin is the seventh in the set and commemorates the Australian built "XY Falcon GT-HO" that was produced in Ford's Broadmeadows Victoria factory in 1971. The GT-HO Phase III is one of the undisputed kings of Australian Muscle cars. Reportedly the fastest mass produced four-door sedan in the world at the time The 1971 XY GT-HO also won the famous Bathurst 500 (Miles, later increased to 1000 km). The XY Falcon was also made available in 4 door Sedan and Wagon and 2 Door Ute and Panel Van versions.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
2017  30,000 UNC in Coincard

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50 Cents - Elizabeth II (Ford XY Falcon GT-HO)