50 Cents - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait - "3801" A Legend of Steam

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - "3801" A Legend of Steam) -  obverse50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - "3801" A Legend of Steam) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley


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

75th Anniversary of entering service


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


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.


3801 Steam Engine pulling train with smoke billowing to the right.
Green & yellow in lower right of coin reference the locomotive colours.

3801 STEAM LOCOMOTIVE 1943 - 2018

Engraver: Adam Ball

Adam Ball is a designer with the Royal Australian mint.


12 Sided smooth

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - "3801" A Legend of Steam) -  obverse

© Mike Bentley


Released in a large Coincard by the RAM this 50 cent NCLT coin commemorates the 75th anniversary of famous Australian Steam Locomotive "3801" entering service in 1943.

After a decade long absence and lengthy restoration, 3801 will return to heritage operations with the NSW Rail Museum in 2018. 3801 evokes a bygone era of train travel and is an icon of Australian transport beloved by train enthusiasts of any age. The sight and sound of 3801 always attracts large numbers of people keen to travel on it or watch it speed by.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
2018  30,000 UNC in Coincard

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