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50 Cents - Elizabeth II Ford High Octane - 1969 Mustang Boss 302 Trans-Am

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (Ford High Octane - 1969 Mustang Boss 302 Trans-Am) -  obverse 50 Cents - Elizabeth II (Ford High Octane - 1969 Mustang Boss 302 Trans-Am) -  reverse

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Features

Country Australia
Type Non circulating coin
Year 2018
Value 50 Cents
0.50 AUD = 0.34 USD
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

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

Pad Printed depiction of a red 1969 Ford Mustang. Text above and below. Denomination to the right, superimposed on racing lines.

Lettering:
FORD
MOTORSPORT
LEGEND
50
MUSTANG BOSS 302
1969

Edge

Smooth

Comments

The Royal Australian Mint have released a set of 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 a cylinder head , which included a coin unique to the tin, with a mintage of 10,000, or the other six pad printed coins could be purchased separately with a further 20,000 minted of them. The 10,000 Ford tin sets with the unique coin sold out from the RAM in less than 2 days.

This particular coin is the second in the series  and commemorates the 1969 Mustang Boss 302 Trans-Am. This car, which was a full factory import gift from Ford North America, was raced by an, at the time young, Canadian driver called Allan Moffat. A hardened, determined Moffat was resolute in becoming Australia's first professional race driver, and the Mustang was the state-of-the-art warhorse he raced towards stardom. The Mustang had a win rate of 101 wins in 151 races between 1969-1974.

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