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50 Cents - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait - 70 Years of ASIO

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - 70 Years of ASIO) -  obverse 50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - 70 Years of ASIO) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley

Features

Country Australia
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2019
Value 50 Cents
0.50 AUD = 0.34 USD
Currency Dollar (1966-date)
Composition Copper-nickel
Weight 15.55 g
Diameter 31.51 mm
Thickness 3 mm
Shape Dodecagonal (12-sided)
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑

Commemorative issue

70 Years of ASIO

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 depiction of a camera Lens to the right within a stylised 70.
Below that a scorpion in a circle.
A list of list of random coded letters to the left.
Denomination bottom left, all surrounded by text

Lettering:
AUSTRALIAN SECURITY INTELLIGENCE ORGANISATION 1949 - 2019
12.5MM 7A 1-2.5
UWGJM MNLQH DFREA
JZLHI GGHHQ UTUJN
GNKYF VNVLQ MZZRQ
TLBTA OSZHU PKWKY
FZDTX VTYGV UIOKQ
IYQNU TWUWB DYOLF
AXMRD GMRTY NZGIS
GUQXN AEOMI HWBKE
50 awb

Engraver: A. Ball

Edge

12 Sided Smooth

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - 70 Years of ASIO)

© Mike Bentley

Comments

Released by the RAM in September 2019 is this NCLT Copper-nickel 50 cent coin. It was issued in a Coincard for $10 and sold out from the Mint within 3 days. It commemorates 70 Years of ASIO.


For the last 70 years the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) has protected Australia, its citizens and its interests from those who would seek to do us harm. This evocative 50c uncirculated coin commemorates ASIOs ongoing efforts to protect us.

The coin design includes a unique one-time pad list of random letters that were used by operatives during the Cold War, to encrypt and decode secret messages. A competition to decrypt the coded message on the coin will give one lucky person the chance to win the only proof commemorative coin in existence that features the 70th Anniversary of ASIO coin design.
https://coincryption.com.au/

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
2019  1 Proof (To winner of Competition)
2019  20,000 UNC in Coincard

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