50 Cents - Elizabeth II 6th Portrait - Lunar Year of the Rat

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (6th Portrait - Lunar Year of the Rat) -  obverse50 Cents - Elizabeth II (6th Portrait - Lunar Year of the Rat) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley


Country Australia
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2020
Value 50 Cents
0.5 AUD = 0.34 USD
Currency Dollar (1966-date)
Composition Copper-nickel
Weight 15.37 g
Diameter 31.51 mm
Thickness 2.5 mm
Shape Tetra-Decagonal (14 sided)
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑

Commemorative issue

Lunar Year Series


6th crowned portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II facing right, wearing the George IV State Diadem and the Victorian Coronation Necklace


Engraver: Jody Clark

Jody Clark is a British engraver employed by the Royal Mint, notable for designing the fifth and latest portrait of Queen Elizabeth II to feature on coins of the pound sterling.


A rat on a flowering branch
Chinese symbol for rat below


Translation: 鼠 = Rat

Engraver: Tony Dean

Tony Dean, is a medal maker and coin designer. A designer, engraver and sculptor of custom designed medals, plaques and coins, he worked with both the Royal Australian Mint and the Perth Mint.


14 Sided Smooth

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (6th Portrait - Lunar Year of the Rat) -  obverse

© Mike Bentley


As the Chinese Lunar Calendar ushers in the Year of the Rat, the innovative tetra-decagon series continues with its ninth annual release. The Chinese Lunar Calendar is a twelve-year cycle. Each cycle is represented by a different animal each with its own distinct personality. People born within each lunar year are believed to possess the qualities of that year’s animal, using those traits to achieve success and happiness throughout life.

This NCLT Royal Australian Mint coin is the ninth 50 cent Lunar Year commemorative and is also a 14 sided Tetra-Decagon coin. This is the only RAM 50c series with this shaped coin. The coin was released in a folding coincard

A limited edition PNC (888 Copies) was also released by Australia Post.

Previous Years  releases are:-
2012: Year of the Dragon
2013: Year of the Snake
2014: Year of the Horse
2015: Year of the Goat
2016: Year of the Monkey
2017: Year of the Rooster
2018: Year of the Dog
2019: Year of the Pig

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
2020  UNC in Coincard - Mintage Unlimited
2020  888 UNC in PNC

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