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50 Cents - Elizabeth II 6th Portrait - Possum Magic

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (6th Portrait - Possum Magic) -  obverse50 Cents - Elizabeth II (6th Portrait - Possum Magic) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley

Features

Country Australia
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2020
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

Possum Magic - Baby Year set

Obverse

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

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II
AUSTRALIA
2019
JC

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.

Reverse

Grandma Poss & Hush plus two other possums sitting on a branch. Grandma Poss is creating magic stars, (Bush Magic).

Lettering:
POSSUM MAGIC
50

Engraver: J. Vivas, RAM

Edge

12 Sided smooth

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (6th Portrait - Possum Magic) -  obverse

© Mike Bentley

Comments

This NCLT commemorative 50 cent coin produced by the RAM is part of the "Possum Magic" six coin Baby Coin set for 2020. The set also contains standard 5, 10 & 20 cent UNC copper-nickel coins and standard $1 and $2 aluminium-bronze UNC coins. The theme for the Baby Coin set is based on the classic Australian children's book Possum Magic. The reverse of the coin is the same as the 2018 & 2019 Baby Set 50 cent coin, however the Obverse has been updated with the Jody Clark 6th Portrait of Queen Elizabeth II.

The Possum Magic Book was first published in 1983 and is a whimsical picture book written by Mem Fox about two possums, Grandma Poss and Baby Hush, and their travels around Australia sampling food in their quest to make Hush visible again after he was made invisible by the magic of Grandma Poss.
 This particular 50 cent coin depicts "Grandma Poss using bush magic".

A colourised version of the coin is available in the 2020 Proof Baby Set (See Link)

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
2020  UNC in Baby Mint Set (Mintage tba)

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