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

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

© Mike Bentley

Features

Country Australia
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2018
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 3 mm
Shape Dodecagonal (12-sided)
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑

Commemorative issue

Lunar Year Series - Year of the Dog ; WMF Issue

Series: Chinese Lunar Year

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

Dog standing at attention in front of a tree, Chinese symbol for Dog 狗 at right, Year of issue to the left, Denomination above, Chinese scrolls within partial circles on each corner.

Lettering:
50
2018 狗
YEAR OF THE DOG

Translation: 狗 = Dog

Engraver: Stevan Stojanovic

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

Edge

12 Sided smooth

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

© Mike Bentley

Comments

This RAM NCLT coin has been released for the 2018 Berlin World Money Fair in a credit card sized coincard.
 

Last year the corresponding coin was a simple Gold Plating of the usual 14 sided 50 cent Lunar Year Coin.
However this year the RAM have changed things around a bit. This time they have reverted to a standard 12 sided planchet for the WMF Issue and used a different reverse design to the one used on the plain copper nickel 2018 50 cent Lunar Year Coin. (See link below to view the 14 sided 2018 coin)

The reverse design on this release is the same as the reverse design on the 2018 $1 Lunar Year coin. (See link below to see the 2018 $1 coin with same reverse) This coin is fully Gold Plated and was released on a coincard. Mintage is limited to 5000.

There have now been seven yearly releases of the Lunar Year 50 cent coins by the RAM. This is the second WMF Gold Plated edition.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
2018  5,000 UNC in Coincard WMF Issue

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