50 Cents - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait - Possum Magic

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Possum Magic) -  obverse50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Possum Magic) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley


Country Australia
Queen Elizabeth II (1952-date)
Type Non-circulating coin
Years 2018-2019
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

Possum Magic - Baby Year set


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


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.


Grandma Poss & Hush plus two other possums sitting on a branch. Grandma Poss is creating magic stars, (Bush Magic).


Designer: J. Vivas


12 Sided smooth

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Possum Magic) -  obverse

© Mike Bentley


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


This NCLT commemorative 50 cent coin produced by the RAM is part of the "Possum Magic" six coin Baby Coin set for 2018 & 2019. The set also contains standard 5, 10 & 20 cent UNC copper-nickel coins and standard $1 and $2 aluminium-bronze UNC coins. The theme for the Baby Coin set is based on the classic Australian children's book Possum Magic. This set, particularly this 50 cent coin,  follows on from the four $1, three $2 and one 1 cent Possum Magic coins released by the RAM in 2017

This was the 2018 Set ...

This was the 2019 Set ...

The Possum Magic Book was first published in 1983 and is a whimsical picture book written by Mem Fox about two possums, Grandma Poss and Baby Hush, and their travels around Australia sampling food in their quest to make Hush visible again after he was made invisible by the magic of Grandma Poss.
This particular 50 cent coin depicts "Grandma Poss using bush magic".

A colourised version of the coin is also available in the Proof Baby Year Set (See link)

The coin has been continued into 2020 but with the new Jody Clark 6th Effigy. (See link)

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
2018  26,275 92% UNC in Possum Magic Baby Mint Set
2019  11,641 42% UNC in Possum Magic Baby Mint Set

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