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50 Cents - Elizabeth II Holden High Octane - 1968 HK Monaro GTS 327

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (Holden High Octane - 1968 HK Monaro GTS 327) -  obverse 50 Cents - Elizabeth II (Holden High Octane - 1968 HK Monaro GTS 327) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley

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

Depiction of a 1968 HK Monaro GTS on the racetrack.
Race crowd behind fence, Chequered Flag above. Holden Lion & Ball logo below.

Lettering:
BATHURST LEGEND
1968
50
HK MONARO GTS 327
HOLDEN

Edge

12 Sided Smooth

Comments

The Royal Australian Mint have released a set of NCLT "Holden 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 Holden tin sets with the unique coin sold out from the RAM in less than 7 hours.

This particular coin is the first in the series and is unique to the 7 coin tin set . It commemorates the very first Holden Bathurst Legend, the 1968 HK Monaro GTS 327. Holden's history at Bathurst has been largely been built on the success of V8-powered cars, which all started with the HK Monaro GTS 327. This sleek coupe wrote itself into the history books by becoming the first Holden to win Australia's most famous race in 1968. This model Monaro won the first ever showdown between Holden and Ford V8 muscle cars on the Mountain. The winning car was one of seven Monaros in the race. Four out of the seven Monaros finished in the top five outright positions in the 130-lap, 500-mile race. This was the car that paved the way for decades of success for Holden's products at Mount Panorama.

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