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50 Cents - Elizabeth II Possum Magic

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (Possum Magic) -  obverse 50 Cents - Elizabeth II (Possum Magic) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley

Features

Country Australia
Type Non-circulating coin
Years 2018-2019
Value 50 Cents
0.50 AUD = 0.34 USD
Composition Copper-nickel
Weight 15.55 g
Diameter 31.51 mm
Thickness 2.5 mm
Shape Dodecagonal (12-sided)
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑

Commemorative issue

Possum Magic - Baby Year set

Obverse

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

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2018
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

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

Lettering:
POSSUM MAGIC
50

Engraver: J. Vivas, RAM

Edge

12 Sided smooth

Comments

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

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".

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
2018  UNC in Baby Mint Set
2019  UNC in Baby Mint Set

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