50 Cents - Elizabeth II Holden High Octane - 2001 VX Commodore

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (Holden High Octane - 2001 VX Commodore) -  obverse50 Cents - Elizabeth II (Holden High Octane - 2001 VX Commodore) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley


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


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 2001 VX Commodore.
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 sixth in the series and commemorates the 2001 VX Commodore. This Holden was so successful and so loved by its driver Mark Skaife, that it was nicknamed 'The Golden Child". Known as chassis 'HRT 045', its debut in September 2001, in Queensland, drew plenty of interest given the car's $25,000 steering wheel-mounted dash display, unseen in other cars of the era. The car ended up driving its way into the history books by winning Bathurst that year and backed it up a year later to score a second win in succession for the Holden Racing Team at Mount Panorama. In doing so, it became the second individual car to win multiple Bathursts. By the time its racing career was over, the 2001 Bathurst-winning Holden had written itself into the history books and taken Skaife to the 2001 and 2002 Supercar Championships as well as an impressive 20 race wins.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
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50 Cents - Elizabeth II (Holden High Octane - 2001 VX Commodore)