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50 Cents - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait - Melbourne Cup 150 Years

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Melbourne Cup 150 Years) -  obverse50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Melbourne Cup 150 Years) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley

Features

Country Australia
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2010
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 ↑↑
References KM# 1524
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)

Commemorative issue

150th Running of the Melbourne Cup

Obverse

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

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2010
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

Group of Horses and Jockeys crossing the finishing Line at Flemington racecourse

Lettering:
FLEMINGTON
1861 2010
150TH RUNNING OF THE MELBOURNE CUP
50

Engraver: Wojciech Pietranik

Wojciech Pietranik, born 25 March 1950, is a Polish artist and sculptor best known for his design work for coins and medals.

Edge

12 Sided Smooth

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Melbourne Cup 150 Years) -  obverse

© Mike Bentley

Comments

Released by the RAM to Commemorate the 150th running of the Melbourne Cup horse race at Flemington is this NCLT 50 cent coin which was issued in a coincard.
 

The design of this coin commemorates the 150th running of the prestigious Melbourne Cup annual horse race which first ran in 1861. The race in Australia is held on the first Tuesday each November. All around the country many Australians stop work to watch the race.

The coin was also released in a PNC by Australia Post (15,000 Copies)
 

A special ballot was held to issue 1,861 copies of the PNC with a special Gold Postmark.

A special Wooden Box Set containing 2 different Fine Silver (.999) Gold Gilded Proof NCLT coins was also issued by the RAM to commemorate this event.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
2010  8.84 UNC in Coincard
2010  1,861 UNC in Gold Postmarked PNC
2010  15,000 UNC in PNC

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