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50 Cents - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait - 80th Birthday - Silver Proof

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - 80th Birthday - Silver Proof) -  obverse50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - 80th Birthday - Silver Proof) -  reverse

Obverse © Mike Bentley - Reverse © Richard Thomas

Features

Country Australia
Queen Elizabeth II (1952-date)
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2006
Value 50 cents
0.50 AUD = 0.36 USD
Currency Dollar (1966-date)
Composition Gold (.999) plated silver (.999)
Weight 18.24 g
Diameter 31.51 mm
Thickness 3 mm
Shape Dodecagonal (12-sided)
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
References KM# 801a
  • Schmidt, Tracy L. (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248979.
  • Michael, Thomas & Tracy L. Schmidt; 2016. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700 (7th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248573.
  • Michael, Thomas (editor); 2016. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800 (7th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440247064.
  • Schmidt, Tracy L. (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900 (9th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248955.
  • Schmidt, Tracy L. (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000 (47th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248962.

Commemorative issue

Royal Collection - Queen Elizabeth II's 80th Birthday

Obverse

4th portrait of Queen Elizabeth II facing right wearing the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II
AUSTRALIA 2006
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

A ring of flags around "ER" which means Elizabeth Regina, the word Regina being Latin for Queen. The majestic crown with 80 behind it. The outer ring of flags alternates the Union Jack with the Australian Flag to recognize the ties between the United Kingdom and Australia. This coin is gilt with 24 carat gold on the central design.

Lettering: 80 EIIR 50

Engraver: Stuart Devlin

Stuart Leslie Devlin, AO, CMG is a significant contemporary gold and silversmith. Australian-born, he has designed coins for countries around the world, and became especially well known as London-based designer of gold and silver collector's items in the 1970s and 80s.

Edge

12 Sided Smooth

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - 80th Birthday - Silver Proof) -  obverse

© Mike Bentley

Mint

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

Comments

Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her 80th birthday in 2006 with many special events and activities. In the month prior to her birthday on 21st April, she had traveled to Australia for a visit which included opening the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne. This coin is part of a two coin set issued by the Royal Australian Mint.
The coins were issued in a wooden case made from jarrah which was inside a protective purple box.


A Copper-nickel version of the coin was also released in a coincard - See link

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC
2006  7,500 Proof in 2 Coin Set

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