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50 Cents - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait - Melbourne Cup 150 Years

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Melbourne Cup 150 Years) -  obverse50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Melbourne Cup 150 Years) -  reverse

Obverse © Mike Bentley

Features

Country Australia
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2010
Value 50 Cents
0.50 AUD = 0.34 USD
Currency Dollar (1966-date)
Composition Gold (.999) plated silver (.999)
Weight 18.24 g
Diameter 31.51 mm
Thickness 3 mm
Shape Dodecagonal (12-sided)
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑

Commemorative issue

150th Running of the Melbourne Cup

Obverse

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

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2010
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

Image of a Race Horse and Jockey in Gilt set within an inner circle
Outer circle contains Gold Scrolls and the denomination

Lettering:
FLEMINGTON
1861-2010
150th RUNNING OF THE MELBOURNE CUP
50

Engraver: Wojciech Pietranik

Wojciech Pietranik, born 25 March 1950, is a Polish artist and sculptor best known for his design work for coins and medals.

Edge

12 Sided Smooth

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Melbourne Cup 150 Years) -  obverse

© Mike Bentley

Comments

This Fine Silver (.999) Gilded Proof NCLT coin was released by the RAM in a 2 coin Boxed Set.


The design of this coin includes a Jockey on a Race Horse and commemorates the 150th running of the prestigious Melbourne Cup annual horse race which first ran in 1861. The race in Australia is held on the first Tuesday each November. All around the country many Australians stop work to watch the race.

A Copper-nickel coin was also released in a coincard to celebrate the same event.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
2010  5,000 Proof Gilded in 2 Coin Boxed Set

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