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50 Cents - Elizabeth II Ford XE Falcon

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (Ford XE Falcon) -  obverse50 Cents - Elizabeth II (Ford XE Falcon) -  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, Red 1981-1985 XE Ford Falcon, set against an orange background, pad printed on a medallion type background

Lettering:
FORD AUSTRALIAN CLASSICS
50
6 CYLINDER
XE FALCON
1981-1985

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 eleventh in the set and commemorates the Australian built "XE Falcon" that was produced in Ford's Broadmeadows Victoria factory between 1981 & 1985. The XE and its predecessor the XD took European styling cues from the British Ford Granada. They were the worlds first mass produced cars to have a plastic fuel tank and the 6 Cylinder XE sported an "Alloy Head 6" engine. These changes saw the XE thrive as Australia's best selling car at the time. The XE was also the last Falcon available with a V8 engine until well into the 1990's.

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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 XE Falcon)