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50 Cents - Elizabeth II Ford High Octane - 1989 Sierra RS500 Cosworth

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (Ford High Octane - 1989 Sierra RS500 Cosworth) -  obverse 50 Cents - Elizabeth II (Ford High Octane - 1989 Sierra RS500 Cosworth) -  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 1989 Ford Sierra RS500. Text above and below. Denomination to the right, superimposed on racing lines.

Lettering:
FORD
MOTORSPORT
LEGEND
50
SIERRA RS500
1989

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 sixth in the series  and commemorates the 1989 Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth. Two decades after the Falcon GT's first V8 win, the four cylinder turbocharged Ford Sierra RS500 gob-smacked Australian motor racing when European teams brought them to Bathurst 1987. Queensland's Dick Johnson, inspired by the interlopers would exact revenge and dominate on Australian circuits in his immaculately prepared, ross Stone-built 1989 Sierra. 'Getting a handle' on the art of turbocharging was the key to Johnson winning the ATCC for 1988 and 1989, capped of with victory at Bathurst 1989 for good measure. Johnson also took his Aussie RS500 to Silverstone in the UK and showed the poms how to build a race car by taking pole position by more than 2 seconds to proving his Aussie RS500s were the 'the fastest Sierras in the world'.

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50 Cents - Elizabeth II (Ford High Octane - 1989 Sierra RS500 Cosworth)