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50 Cents - Elizabeth II Planetary Coins - Jupiter

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (Planetary Coins - Jupiter) -  obverse 50 Cents - Elizabeth II (Planetary Coins - Jupiter) -  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 15.5 g
Diameter 31.5 mm
Thickness 2.55 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑

Commemorative issue

Planetary Coins - Jupiter

Obverse

4th portrait of Queen Elizabeth II facing right wearing the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara set within a circle. Text outside of the circle.

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2017
IRB
50 CENTS

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

Depiction of the Planet Jupiter in pad printed White/Yellow/Red showing the famous Red Spot.
Surrounded by Swirls and Circles representing the many Moons of Jupiter with the Spacecraft Galileo top right.
Planetary Symbol of Jupiter below.

Lettering:
JUPITER

Engraver: Aaron Baggio

Aaron Baggio is a designer with the Royal Australian mint.

Edge

Smooth

Comments

This NCLT frosted proof type, colour pad printed coin is part of a 10 coin set released by the RAM. They are packaged within a coincard inside an information-filled pop-up book, featuring colour-printing and is the first time for a RAM collection to feature the bronze 1 and 2 cent blanks along with the aluminium bronze $1 and $2 blanks. The addition of two $5 blanks including a bi-metallic one to represent the rings of Saturn makes this set astronomical.

This particular 50 Cent coin represents Jupiter 5th Planet and has the Planetary Symbol for Jupiter on the reverse surrounded by circles representing Jupiter's Moons and the spacecraft Galileo which orbited Jupiter for nine years before crashing into the planet. The coin is also circular instead of the usual 12 sided design of the Australian 50 cent coin.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
2017  10,000 UNC in Coincard

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