50 Cents - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait - Possum Magic - Colourised Proof

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Possum Magic - Colourised Proof) -  obverse50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Possum Magic - Colourised Proof) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley


Country Australia
Queen Elizabeth II (1952-date)
Type Non-circulating coin
Years 2018-2019
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 ↑↑

Commemorative issue

Possum Magic - Baby Year Proof Set


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.


Grandma Poss & Hush plus two other Possums sitting on a branch. Grandma Poss is creating coloured magic stars, (Bush Magic).


Designer: J. Vivas


12 Sided Smooth

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Possum Magic - Colourised Proof) -  obverse

© Mike Bentley


Royal Australian Mint, Canberra, Australia (1965-date)


This NCLT commemorative coloured 50 cent coin produced by the RAM is part of the "Possum Magic" six coin Baby Coin Proof set for 2018 & 2019. The set also contains standard 5, 10 & 20 cent UNC Copper-nickel coins and standard $1 and $2 Aluminium-bronze UNC coins. The theme for the Baby Coin set is based on the classic Australian children's book "Possum Magic".

This set, particularly this 50 cent coin,  follows on from the four $1, three $2 and one 1 cent Possum Magic coins released by the RAM in 2017 as part of a promotional release with Woolworths Supermarkets.

The Possum Magic Book was first published in 1983 and is a whimsical picture book written by Mem Fox about two possums, Grandma Poss and Baby Hush, and their travels around Australia sampling food in their quest to make Hush visible again after he was made invisible by the magic of Grandma Poss.
This particular coloured proof 50 cent coin depicts "Grandma Poss using bush magic".

A non-colourised version of the coin is also available in the UNC Baby Mint Set (See link)

The coin has been continued into 2020 but with the new Jody Clark 6th Effigy. (See link)

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
2018  9,953 100% Proof Possum Magic Baby Set
2019  7,200 33% Proof Possum Magic Baby Set

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