50 Cents - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait - Student Design - Silver Proof

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Student Design - Silver Proof) -  obverse50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Student Design - Silver Proof) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley


Country Australia
Queen Elizabeth II (1952-date)
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2004
Value 50 Cents
0.50 AUD = 0.31 USD
Currency Dollar (1966-date)
Composition Silver (.999)
Weight 18.24 g
Diameter 31.51 mm
Thickness 3 mm
Shape Dodecagonal (12-sided)
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
References KM# 694a
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)

Commemorative issue

Student Design - Silver Proof


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


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.


Depiction of a Koala, Wombat, Lorikeet and the initials JS
Denomination superimposed


Translation: JS = John Serranno the 12 year old designer of the coin.

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.


12 Sided Smooth

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Student Design - Silver Proof) -  obverse

© Mike Bentley


Royal Australian Mint, Canberra, Australia


This Fine Silver (.999) NCLT Proof coin was issued by the RAM in 2004 in a capsule in plush yellow box with a limited edition certificate.

The coin was designed by 12 year old John Serrano, a year 5 student at St Peter's Primary School in East Keilor Victoria. John was the winner of the Mint's Primary School Student Coin Design Competition of which there were just under 2,600 entries. The theme for the design was "Australia". It was the public who determined the winner by voting on the RAM website.

A Copper-nickel version of the coin was released into general circulation, mintage 10,577,000
The same coin was also released in UNC condition in a small coincard (See link)

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
2004  8,203 Cased Proof

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