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50 Cents - Elizabeth II Ford Australia - The Manufacturing ERA

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (Ford Australia - The Manufacturing ERA) -  obverse50 Cents - Elizabeth II (Ford Australia - The Manufacturing ERA) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley

Features

Country Australia
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2017
Value 50 Cents
0.50 AUD = 0.34 USD
Currency Dollar (1966-date)
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 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

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 twelfth in the series and is unique to the 12 coin tin set . 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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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
2017  10,000 UNC in Coincard

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50 Cents - Elizabeth II (Ford Australia - The Manufacturing ERA)