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50 Cents - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait - Ford High Octane - 1967 XR Falcon GT

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Ford High Octane - 1967 XR Falcon GT) -  obverse50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Ford High Octane - 1967 XR Falcon GT) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley

Features

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

Australia's Motor Sport Legends

Obverse

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

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II
AUSTRALIA 2018
IRB

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.

Reverse

Depiction of a 1967 XR Falcon GT taking a corner on the racetrack.
Trees to top left, Chequered Flag above, Other cars following behind. Classic Ford Logo below.

Lettering:
BATHURST LEGEND
1967
50
52D
52D
XR FALCON GT
Ford

Engraver: Adam Ball

Adam Ball is a designer with the Royal Australian mint.

Edge

12 Sided Smooth

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Ford High Octane - 1967 XR Falcon GT) -  obverse

© Mike Bentley

Mint

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

Comments

The Royal Australian Mint have released a set of seven NCLT "Ford High Octane" 50 cent coins to commemorate Australia's Motorsport Legends. The coins were available in coin cards in a special tin that resembles the top of the cylinder head of an engine. The "Ford High Octane" tin was limited to a mintage of 10,000 and sold out from the RAM in less than 2 days.
 

Included in the tin was a non-coloured coin unique to the tin as well as the other six pad printed coins which could also be purchased separately with a further 20,000 minted of them all issued in large coincards.



This particular coin is the first in the series and is unique to the 7 coin tin set . It commemorates the very first Ford Bathurst Legend, the 1967 XR Falcon GT. Seven of these 4.7litre Mustang-sourced V8-powered cars were entered and finished the "Gallagher 500" mile endurance race . Coming first in the race the XR Falcon GT of Fred Gibson and Harry Firth tore seven seconds off the previous years lap record and the XR GT claimed the first two podium positions. The XR GT laid down the gauntlet that set in motion decades of glorious battle between Ford & Holden that shaped the Australian motor racing psyche.

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC
2018  10,000 UNC in Coincard in 7 Coin Tin

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