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50 Cents - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait - National Service

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - National Service) -  obverse50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - National Service) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley

Features

Country Australia
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2011
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# 1521
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)

Commemorative issue

60th Anniversary of National Service

Obverse

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

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2011
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 depiction of the National Service Memorial which is a square sandstone plinth representing the Army, upon this rests a polished granite slab with the reflection of the sky representing the Air Force, while on this is a bronze bowl filled with water depicting the Navy

Lettering:
DEDICATED TO ALL AUSTRALIAN SERVICEMEN AND IN MEMORY OF THOSE WHO DIED.
60TH ANNIVERSARY OF NATIONAL SERVICE FIFTY CENTS

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 - National Service) -  obverse

© Mike Bentley

Comments

The Royal Australian Mint has taken part in the National Service program with the release of a non circulating cupro-nickel 50c coin, one of which was laid in place under the dedication plaque during the memorial's construction. The coin was released in a coincard that resembled a military style medal ribbon.
 

Australia Post also released the Coin in a PNC.
 

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
2011  UNC in Coincard
2011  200 UNC in PNC APTA Overprint
2011  UNC in PNC Aust Post
2011  UNC in PNC Canberra Issue
2011  300 UNC in PNC Mandurah Overprint

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