50 Cents - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait - Ford High Octane - 1989 Sierra RS500 Cosworth

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Ford High Octane - 1989 Sierra RS500 Cosworth) -  obverse50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Ford High Octane - 1989 Sierra RS500 Cosworth) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley


Country Australia
Queen Elizabeth II (1952-date)
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2018
Value 50 Cents
0.50 AUD = 0.39 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


4th portrait of Queen Elizabeth II facing right wearing the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara.


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.


Pad Printed depiction of a red 1989 Ford Sierra RS500. Text above and below. Denomination to the right, superimposed on racing lines.


Designer: Adam Ball

Adam Ball is a designer with the Royal Australian mint.


12 Sided Smooth

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Ford High Octane - 1989 Sierra RS500 Cosworth) -  obverse

© Mike Bentley


Royal Australian Mint, Canberra, Australia (1965-date)


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 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 prove his Aussie RS500s were the 'the fastest Sierras in the world'.

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

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
2018  7,208 6.21 21% UNC in Coincard
2018  10,000 89% UNC in Coincard in 7 Coin Tin
2018  7,500 0% UNC in PNC

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