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50 Cents - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait - Year of the Dog

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Year of the Dog) -  obverse50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Year of the Dog) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley

Features

Country Australia
Queen Elizabeth II (1952-date)
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2018
Value 50 Cents
0.50 AUD = 0.36 USD
Currency Dollar (1966-date)
Composition Copper-nickel
Weight 15.37 g
Diameter 31.51 mm
Thickness 3 mm
Shape Tetradecagonal (14-sided)
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑

Commemorative issue

Year of the Dog

Series: Lunar series II

Obverse

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

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II
AUSTRALIA 2018
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

Dog sitting on a rock, Chinese symbol for Dog below. Hills in the background.

Lettering:
50

SMS

Translation: 狗 = Dog

Designer: Stevan Stojanovic

Stevan Stojanovic is sculptor and coin designer with the Royal Australian mint.

Edge

14 Sided Smooth

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Year of the Dog) -  obverse

© Mike Bentley

Mint

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

Comments

Released by the Royal Australian Mint is this NCLT Copper-nickel 14 sided coin. The coin was released in a folding coincard. This the seventh 50 cent Lunar Year commemorative and is also a 14 sided Tetra-Decagon coin. This is the only series with this shaped coin.



As the Chinese Lunar Calendar ushers in the Year of the Dog, the innovative tetra-decagon series continues with its seventh annual release. The Chinese Lunar Calendar is a twelve-year cycle. Each cycle is represented by a different animal, each with its own distinct personality. People born within each lunar year are believed to possess the qualities of that year’s animal, using those traits to achieve success and happiness throughout life.

Previous Years  releases are:-
2012: Year of the Dragon
2013: Year of the Snake
2014: Year of the Horse
2015: Year of the Goat
2016: Year of the Monkey
2017: Year of the Rooster

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC
2018  15,002 UNC in Coincard

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