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50 Cents - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait - 12 - Ford Australia - The Manufacturing ERA

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - 12 - Ford Australia - The Manufacturing ERA) -  obverse50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - 12 - Ford Australia - The Manufacturing ERA) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley

Features

Country Australia
Queen Elizabeth II (1952-date)
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2017
Value 50 Cents
0.50 AUD = 0.36 USD
Currency Dollar (1966-date)
Composition Copper-nickel
Weight 15.55 g
Diameter 31.51 mm
Thickness 3 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

Designer: 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 Model T Ford in front of the original Ford factory in Geelong Victoria. Australian Flag flying from the centre of the building set in an inner circle. Wording surrounding the circle with original Ford Logo below

Lettering:
FORD AUSTRALIA - THE MANUFACTURING ERA
50
1925-2016
FORD

Designer: Aaron Baggio

Aaron Baggio is a designer with the Royal Australian mint.

Edge

12 Sided Smooth

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - 12 - Ford Australia - The Manufacturing ERA) -  obverse

© Mike Bentley

Mint

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

Comments

Following on from the "Holden Heritage" 50 cent 12 coin Collector Tin set released in 2016, the Royal Australian Mint have released a set of 12 "Ford Australian Classics" 50 cent coins in 2017 also in a Collector Tin.
 

The coins were available in coin cards in the tin, which included a special coin unique only to the tin, with a mintage of only 10,000. The 10,000 tin sets with the unique coin sold out in less than 3 days.
 
   

The eleven other coloured coins could be purchased separately with a further 20,000 minted.

This particular coin is the twelfth in the series. It commemorates the Manufacturing Era of Ford Australia which began a motoring legacy that ran from 1925 in Geelong, where the Model T was produced, to 2016 in Broadmeadows when Ford Australia built the last Falcon Sedan (an FGX), in October of 2016. Thus bringing to an end 91 years of Ford manufacturing in Australia. Which also saw one of the world's longest-running nameplates, The Falcon, come to an end.

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC
2017  10,000 UNC in Coincard in 12 Coin Tin

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