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50 Cents - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait - Holden High Octane - 1972 LJ Torana XU-1

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Holden High Octane - 1972 LJ Torana XU-1) -  obverse50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Holden High Octane - 1972 LJ Torana XU-1) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley

Features

Country Australia
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2018
Value 50 Cents
0.50 AUD = 0.34 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

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

Pad Printed depiction of a 1972 LJ Torana XU-1.
Text above and below. Denomination to the right, superimposed on racing lines.

Lettering:
HOLDEN MOTORSPORT LEGEND
50
LJ TORANA XU-1
1972

Engraver: Adam Ball

Adam Ball is a designer with the Royal Australian mint.

Edge

12 Sided Smooth

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Holden High Octane - 1972 LJ Torana XU-1) -  obverse

© Mike Bentley

Comments

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 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 1st 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.

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

Also released at the ANDA Sydney Money Expo in a Limited Edition PNC. (750 Copies)
 

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
2018  20,000 0.00% UNC in Coincard
2018  10,000 100% UNC in Coincard in 7 Coin Tin
2018  7,500 0.00% UNC in PNC
2018  750 8% UNC in PNC ANDA Sydney Money Expo

Frequencies show the percentage of Numista users who own each year or variety among all the users who own this coin. Since some users own several versions, the sum may be greater than 100%.

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