50 Cents - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait - Holden High Octane - 1996 VR Commodore
|Queen||Elizabeth II (1952-date)|
0.50 AUD = 0.36 USD
|Composition||Copper-nickel (Pad Printed)|
|Orientation||Medal alignment ↑↑|
Australia's Motor Sport Legends
4th portrait of Queen Elizabeth II facing right wearing the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara
Pad Printed depiction of a 1996 VR Commodore.
Text above and below. Denomination to the right, superimposed on racing lines.
HOLDEN MOTORSPORT LEGEND
12 Sided Smooth
© Mike Bentley
MintRoyal 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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|2018||16,770||5.69||22%||UNC in Coincard|
|2018||10,000||78%||UNC in Coincard in 7 Coin Tin|
|2018||7,500||6%||UNC in PNC|
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