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50 Cents - Elizabeth II 3rd Portrait - Masterpieces in Silver Proof

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (3rd Portrait - Masterpieces in Silver Proof) -  obverse50 Cents - Elizabeth II (3rd Portrait - Masterpieces in Silver Proof) -  reverse

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Features

Country Australia
Queen Elizabeth II (1952-date)
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 1991
Value 50 Cents
0.50 AUD = 0.36 USD
Currency Dollar (1966-date)
Composition Silver (.925)
Weight 18.24 g
Diameter 31.65 mm
Thickness 3 mm
Shape Dodecagonal (12-sided)
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
References KM# 139a
  • 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

25th Anniversary of Decimal Currency

Obverse

3rd portrait of Queen Elizabeth II facing right wearing the King George IV State Diadem.

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II
AUSTRALIA 1991
RDM

Designer: Raphael David Maklouf

Raphael David Maklouf is a sculptor, best known for designing the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II used on the coins of many Commonwealth nations. Maklouf was born in Jerusalem emigrating with his family to the United Kingdom after the Second World War. He attended the Camberwell School of Art until 1958, afterward becoming an academic lecturer for ten years. He was made an Associate of the Royal Society of British Sculptors in 1979. Raphael Maklouf was born to a Jewish family. His father is Samuel Maklouf, born in Safed, Raphael Makouf's mother is Leonie Maklouf.

Reverse

Ram's Head with lettering.

Lettering:
25th ANNIVERSARY OF DECIMAL CURRENCY
FIFTY CENTS

Designers: Horst Hahne , George Kruger Gray

Horst Hahne PSM, is an Australian sculptor, medallist and designer. Signature: "HH"
George Kruger Gray was an English artist, best remembered for his designs of coinage and stained glass windows.

Edge

12 Sided Smooth

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (3rd Portrait - Masterpieces in Silver Proof) -  obverse

© Mike Bentley

Mint

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

Comments

Released by the RAM as part of the 1991 "Masterpieces in Silver" eight coin set, this 50 cent sterling silver proof coin commemorates the 25th anniversary of the introduction of Decimal Currency. This was the first complete set of Australian circulating coins released in sterling silver and the first sterling silver releases of Australian one, two, five, ten and twenty cent coins. 1991 was also the last year of one and two cent circulating coin production in Australia.

The reverse of this commemorative coin was designed by RAM master sculptor Horst Hahne using the Ram's Head from the Australian shilling which was minted from 1938 to 1963. The original designer of the Ram's Head element of this reverse was  George Kruger Gray.

A copper-nickel version of the coin was released into circulation by the RAM.

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC
1991  25,000 Proof Masterpieces in Silver Set

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