50 Cent - Elizabeth II 2nd portrait, Silver Proof

50 Cent - Elizabeth II (2nd portrait, Silver Proof) -  obverse50 Cent - Elizabeth II (2nd portrait, Silver Proof) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley


Country Australia
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2006
Value 50 Cents
0.50 AUD = 0.34 USD
Currency Dollar (1966-date)
Composition Silver (.999)
Weight 13.7 g
Diameter 31.51 mm
Thickness 2.5 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
References KM# 67a
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)

Commemorative issue

Fine Silver Proof Set - 40 Yrs Decimal Currency


2nd portrait of Queen Elizabeth II facing right wearing the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara

Elizabeth II

Engraver: Arnold Machin

Arnold Machin O.B.E., R.A. was a British artist, sculptor, coin and stamp designer.


Australian coat of arms with large numerical denomination below


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.



50 Cent - Elizabeth II (2nd portrait, Silver Proof) -  obverse

© Mike Bentley


This Fine Silver (.999) Proof 50 cent coin was released as part of the annual Fine Silver Proof Year Set in 2006. This set celebrated 40 years since decimalisation and included all eight Australian Decimal coins issued since then. The set also featured the original 1966 Arnold Machin obverse on each coin.

The Royal Australian Mint began releasing Fine Silver Year Sets in 2003 and have continued to do so since then. The Australian Coat of Arms standard reverse 12 sided 50 cent coin has been included in the Fine Silver Proof Year set every year except for 2003 & 2005 when other 12 Sided Commemorative 50 cent coin designs were included in its place. The 2006 Fine Silver Year Set was the only one to include the original design round 50 cent with the Arnold Machin obverse.

The Fine Silver Proof Set for 2006 also included a, 1 cent, 2 cent, 5 cent, 10 cent, 20 cent, $1 and $2 coin as well as this round 50 cent coin. The set was issued in a jarrah wood presentation case.

The standard Silver (.800) version of the 50 cent coin which this Silver coin is based on was introduced into circulation in Australia in 1966 to replace the old £sd 10 Shilling Note. This was the only year the coin was minted as it was replaced with the familiar 12 sided Copper-nickel version from 1969.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
2006  5,829 Proof in 8 Coin Silver Year Set

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