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50 Cents - Elizabeth II Volunteers Silver Proof

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (Volunteers) Silver Proof -  obverse 50 Cents - Elizabeth II (Volunteers) Silver Proof -  reverse

© Mike Bentley

Features

Country Australia
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2003
Value 50 Cents
0.50 AUD = 0.34 USD
Composition Silver (.999)
Weight 18.24 g
Diameter 31.65 mm
Thickness 3 mm
Shape Dodecagonal (12-sided)
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
References KM# 727a
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)

Commemorative issue

Fine Silver Set - Australia's Volunteers

Obverse

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

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2003
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

Value within circle of volunteer activities, fire fighting, surf lifesaving, meals on wheels etc

Lettering:
AUSTRALIA'S VOLUNTEERS·MAKING A DIFFERENCE ·
20

Engraver: Vladimir Gottwald

Vladimir Gottwald was a member of the Royal Australian Mint's Design and Engraving Section. His portrait, designed following the British Royal Mint's invitation for a new effigy in 1996, was among the three designs submitted to Her Majesty for approval. Although Rank-Broadley's design was eventually chosen, Gottwald's design was approved for a once only use to commemorate the Royal Visit in 2000.

Edge

12 Sided Smooth

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (Volunteers) Silver Proof

© Mike Bentley

Comments

The year 2003 saw the Royal Australian Mint consult with the peak volunteering body, Volunteers Australia to design a set of coins celebrating the contribution of more than 4 million volunteers. This Fine Silver (.999) Proof NCLT Commemorative coin was issued as part of the very first Fine Silver Six coin Proof Set in 2003 which contained silver versions of circulation coin releases in 2003. A standard 5 cent, standard 10 cent, a commemorative 20 cent,  this commemorative 50 cent, a commemorative $1 and a standard $2 were part of the set. The coins were issued in capsules in a beautiful jarra wooden box.



Copper-nickel versions of this coin (mintage 13,927,000) were released into circulation and also issued in the 2003 Year Proof & UNC and the 2003 Proof & UNC Baby sets.
 
The actual coin commemorates and pays tribute to the many Volunteers in Australian society.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
2003  6,500 Proof in Fine Silver Year Set

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