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50 Cents - Elizabeth II Ford High Octane - 1971 XY Falcon GT-HO Phase III

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (Ford High Octane - 1971 XY Falcon GT-HO Phase III) -  obverse 50 Cents - Elizabeth II (Ford High Octane - 1971 XY Falcon GT-HO Phase III) -  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 1971 Ford Falcon GT-HO Phase III. Text above and below. Denomination to the right, superimposed on racing lines.

Lettering:
FORD
MOTORSPORT
LEGEND
50
XY FALCON GT-HO
1971

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 third in the series  and commemorates the 1971 Ford Falcon GT-HO Phase III. This car was an iteration of the previous years Bathurst winning XW GT Phase II, which gave the XY a formidable arsenal; the iconic 351 cubic-inch Cleveland V8 with a huge Holley carburetter, iconic bonnet "shaker" and a 9-inch LSD at the rear. The Phase III was a sledgehammer that dominated Bathurst and all rivals through sheer brute force, with Alan Moffat heading a 1-2-3 finish to the 1971 race.

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

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50 Cents - Elizabeth II (Ford High Octane - 1971 XY Falcon GT-HO Phase III)