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50 Cents - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait - Pride and Passion - 1967 Referendum - Silver Proof

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Pride and Passion - 1967 Referendum - Silver Proof) -  obverse50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Pride and Passion - 1967 Referendum - Silver Proof) -  reverse

© Richard Thomas

Features

Country Australia
Queen Elizabeth II (1952-date)
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2017
Value 50 Cents
0.50 AUD = 0.36 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 ↑↑

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

Engravers: Royal Australian Mint, Boneta-Marie Mabo

Edge

12 Sided Smooth

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Pride and Passion - 1967 Referendum - Silver Proof) -  obverse

© Mike Bentley

Mint

Royal Australian Mint, Canberra, Australia (1965-date)

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.

This coin was issued in a capsule inside a plush folding case. It also included a copy of the Copper-nickel circulating version of this coin.

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC
2017  5,000 Proof in Capsule

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