50 Cents - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait - Holden High Octane - 1996 VR Commodore

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Holden High Octane - 1996 VR Commodore) -  obverse50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Holden High Octane - 1996 VR Commodore) -  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 ↑↑
Number N# 150380
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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.


Pad Printed depiction of a 1996 VR Commodore.
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 - Holden High Octane - 1996 VR Commodore) -  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 sixth in the series and commemorates the 1996 VK Commodore. Purpose built by the Holden Racing Team with technology previously unseen in touring car racing, including a unique roll-cage design, this 1996 VR Commodore helped carry Craig Lowndes to a unique 'three-peat' that year by claiming the Australian Touring Car Championship. Sandown 500 and Bathurst 1000.

Making its debut at the Calder round of the Championship, Lowndes drove this special Commodore to round wins at Lakeside, Barbagallo and Mallala in 1996, becoming the youngest-ever series champion at the age of just 21. He also became the youngest driver at the time to win Bathurst as he and Kiwi co-driver Greg murphy won in style, leading for 129 of the 161 laps on their way to a dominant victory.

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

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
2018  16 770 6.44 26% UNC in Coincard
2018  10 000 79% UNC in Coincard in 7 Coin Tin
2018  7 500 5% UNC in PNC

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