50 Cents - Elizabeth II Holden High Octane - 1972 LJ Torana XU-1

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (Holden High Octane - 1972 LJ Torana XU-1) -  obverse 50 Cents - Elizabeth II (Holden High Octane - 1972 LJ Torana XU-1) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley


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


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


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.


Pad Printed depiction of a 1972 LJ Torana XU-1.
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 "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 third in the series and commemorates the 1972 LJ Torana XU-1. Light, nimble and finely tuned. the Torana XU-1 launched a young racing driver to superstardom on sunday 1 October 1972. Peter Brock claimed victory at Bathurst that day, the first of his eventual record nine wins in the Mount Panorama classic. The XU-1 more than made up for its power disadvantage against the Falcon V8's, with agile handling, better fuel consumption and superior tyre wear. Wet weather on the day eliminated a range of cars via rollovers. The young Holden star found himself in an epic duel in the rain with Alan Moffat's factory Falcon GT-HO. Eventually Moffat made a mistake and spun, allowing the Torana to move into a lead that its young gun pilot converted into a breakthrough victory.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
30,000 2018
ND (2018) 
2018  30,000 UNC in Coincard

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50 Cents - Elizabeth II (Holden High Octane - 1972 LJ Torana XU-1)