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50 Cents - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait - Pride and Passion

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Pride and Passion) -  obverse50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Pride and Passion) -  reverse

© Richard Thomas

Features

Country Australia
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2017
Value 50 Cents
0.50 AUD = 0.34 USD
Currency Dollar (1966-date)
Composition Silver (.999)
Weight 18.24 g
Diameter 31.51 mm
Shape Dodecagonal (12-sided)
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑

Commemorative issue

25 Years - Mabo Decision & 50 Years - 1967 Referendum

Obverse

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

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2017
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

Depiction of Eddie Mabo and Referendum How to Vote card from 1967.

Lettering:
1992 MABO - 25 YEARS
RIGHT
WRONG
WRITE
YES
for
ABORIGINIES!
ABORIGINIES!
ABORIGINIES!
50
1967 REFERENDUM - 50 YEARS

Engraver: Royal Australian Mint, Boneta-Marie Mabo

Edge

12 Sided Smooth

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Pride and Passion) -  obverse

© Mike Bentley

Comments

In National Reconciliation Week 2017, the nation celebrates the 50th anniversary of the 1967 referendum and 25th anniversary of the Mabo decision - two landmark achievements for Indigenous Australians and symbolic turning points for Australia. In 1967 over 90% of Australians voted in favour of changing our Constitution, while the Mabo decision paved the way for native title. To commemorate these two important anniversaries, this moving design is presented on a silver proof coin. The Royal Australian Mint is proud to have designed this coin in collaboration with Boneta-Marie Mabo, Ms Mabo is an award-winning contemporary artist and Eddie ‘Koiki’ Mabo’s granddaughter.

The Royal Australian Mint acknowledges the Ngunnawal People, traditional custodians of the land on which this coin was minted.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
2017  5,000 Proof

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