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50 Cents - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait - International Year of Indigenous Languages

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - International Year of Indigenous Languages) -  obverse 50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - International Year of Indigenous Languages) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley

Features

Country Australia
Type Circulating commemorative coin
Year 2019
Value 50 Cents
0.50 AUD = 0.34 USD
Composition Copper-nickel
Weight 15.55 g
Diameter 31.51 mm
Thickness 2.5 mm
Shape Dodecagonal (12-sided)
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑

Commemorative issue

International Year of Indigenous Languages

Obverse

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

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2019
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 design that includes fifteen different indigenous
words for "Coin" or "Money"
The words run bottom to top between indigenous patterns

Lettering:
NAMBAL
WUMARA TJIMARI
NGKWELTYE MULU WALANG
BARNDA NAKIR
AWARNDA BOYA DHINGGARR
INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF INDIGENOUS
LANGUAGES
GUDAROO WANGARRI PIRRKI

Engraver: Aleksandra Stokic

Aleksandra Stokic born in Kučevo (Serbia) is a senior coin sculptor and coin designer at the Royal Australian Mint since 2011. She is known for the Centenary of Canberra and Australian Mining designs.

Edge

12 Sided Smooth

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - International Year of Indigenous Languages)

© Mike Bentley

Comments

This Circulating Commemorative coin was released by the RAM on 10th April 2019. It was also released in a Coincard in Frosted Uncirculated finish. The coin pictured on this page is the Frosted Uncirculated version.
The coin has 15 different versions of the words that mean "Coin" or "Money" in Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait languages. The words do not run left to right on the coin they run bottom to top.


Australia Post has also released a PNC that contains this coin limited to 6,500 copies.


Indigenous languages throughout the world are under threat, and Australia has already lost many of its unique and varied Indigenous languages. With this 2019 50c Uncirculated Coin, the Royal Australian Mint along with AIATSIS recognizes 2019 as the International Year of Indigenous Languages. Australia’s surviving Indigenous languages are vital cultural resources that are now being actively treasured, recorded, revitalized and shared for future generations.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
2019  2.10 Circulation (Mintage tba)
2019  6,500 PNC Issue
2019  20,000 UNC Frosted Finish in Coincard

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