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50 Cents - Elizabeth II Ford High Octane - 1981 XD Falcon Tru-Blu

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (Ford High Octane - 1981 XD Falcon Tru-Blu) -  obverse50 Cents - Elizabeth II (Ford High Octane - 1981 XD Falcon Tru-Blu) -  reverse

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Features

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

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 blue 1981 XD Ford Falcon. Text above and below. Denomination to the right, superimposed on racing lines.

Lettering:
FORD
MOTORSPORT
LEGEND
50
XD FALCON TRU-BLU
1981

Edge

12 Sided 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 fifth in the series  and commemorates the 1981 XD Ford Falcon Tru-Blu. Australia's idea of a 'fair go' was rewarded in 1981. when Queenslander Dick Johnson took victory in his 'Tru-Blu' XD Falcon, with co-driver John 'Rusty' French. Having suffered the indignation of 'The Rock' incident the previous year, the struggling Johnson had taken the fight to the big budget dominance of the Holden Dealer Team, and his stolen victory tugged at the heartstrings of Australian racing fans. Johnson's pouring out of emotion saw a flood of donations even before the end of the 1980 race in which it happened. He rewarded their generosity not only with the 1981 Bathurst triumph, but also in winning the first of what would be five touring car titles. The 'Tru-Blu' Falcon, and Johnson, became motorsport legends in the process.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
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50 Cents - Elizabeth II (Ford High Octane - 1981 XD Falcon Tru-Blu)