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50 Cents - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait - Ford High Octane - 1977 XC Falcon Hardtop

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Ford High Octane - 1977 XC Falcon Hardtop) -  obverse50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Ford High Octane - 1977 XC Falcon Hardtop) -  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 (Pad Printed)
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

Pad Printed depiction of a white with red & blue stripes 1977 Ford Falcon Hardtop. Text above and below. Denomination to the right, superimposed on racing lines.

Lettering:
FORD
MOTORSPORT
LEGEND
50
XC FALCON HARDTOP
1977

Designer: 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 - 1977 XC Falcon Hardtop) -  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 fourth in the series  and commemorates the 1977 Ford Falcon Hardtop. The XC Falcon was an update of the XA/XB model of 1972 to 1976. The XC Hardtop was designed to fit wide-as-possible rubber and carried over the 351 cubic inch V8 from the legendary Phase III GT-HO. At that years Bathurst race the Moffat Team led by Alan Moffat took out first and second place in the race. Alan Moffat pulled rank to take the win off his team mate Colin Bond who had led for most of the race. While the XC was an evolution of Ford's dominant 1970s Falcon V8s, it will be forever remembered for the orchestrated Moffat-Bond 1-2 of 1977.

This coin was also released by Australia Post in a PNC (7,500 Copies)
 

A limited edition different cover PNC with the coin was issued at the ANDA Perth Money Expo (750 Copies)
 

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
2018  750 0% UNC in ANDA Perth Money Expo PNC
2018  2,502 5.44 12% UNC in Coincard
2018  10,000 94% UNC in Coincard in 7 Coin Tin
2018  7,500 0% UNC in PNC

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