50 Cents - Elizabeth II Ford High Octane - 1989 Sierra RS500 Cosworth
0.50 AUD = 0.34 USD
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Australia's Motor Sport Legends
4th portrait of Queen Elizabeth II facing right wearing the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara.
ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2018
Pad Printed depiction of a red 1989 Ford Sierra RS500. Text above and below. Denomination to the right, superimposed on racing lines.
12 Sided Smooth
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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