50 Cents - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait - Holden High Octane - 1968 HK Monaro GTS 327

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Holden High Octane - 1968 HK Monaro GTS 327) -  obverse50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Holden High Octane - 1968 HK Monaro GTS 327) -  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
Weight 15.55 g
Diameter 31.51 mm
Thickness 3 mm
Shape Dodecagonal (12-sided)
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Number N# 149790
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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.


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


Designer: Adam Ball

Adam Ball is a designer with the Royal Australian mint.


12 Sided Smooth

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Holden High Octane - 1968 HK Monaro GTS 327) -  obverse

© Mike Bentley


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


The Royal Australian Mint have released a set of seven 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 the cylinder head of an engine. The "Holden High Octane" tin was limited to a mintage of 10,000 and sold out from the RAM in less than 7 hours.

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 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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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC
2018  10 000 UNC in Coincard in 7 Coin Tin

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