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50 Cents - Elizabeth II Holden High Octane - 1996 VR Commodore

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (Holden High Octane - 1996 VR Commodore) -  obverse50 Cents - Elizabeth II (Holden High Octane - 1996 VR Commodore) -  reverse

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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
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 1996 VR Commodore.
Text above and below. Denomination to the right, superimposed on racing lines.

Lettering:
HOLDEN MOTORSPORT LEGEND
50
VR COMMODORE
1996

Edge

12 Sided Smooth

Comments

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 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.

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