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50 Cents - Elizabeth II 6th portrait - Possum Magic - Colourised - Proof

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (6th portrait - Possum Magic - Colourised - Proof) -  obverse50 Cents - Elizabeth II (6th portrait - Possum Magic - Colourised - Proof) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley

Features

Country Australia
Queen Elizabeth II (1952-date)
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2020
Value 50 Cents
0.50 AUD = 0.36 USD
Currency Dollar (1966-date)
Composition Copper-nickel (Pad Printed)
Weight 15.55 g
Diameter 31.51 mm
Thickness 3 mm
Shape Dodecagonal (12-sided)
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑

Commemorative issue

Possum Magic - Baby Year Proof Se

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 2020
JC

Designer: 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 coloured magic stars, (Bush Magic).

Lettering:
POSSUM MAGIC
50

Designer: Julie Vivas

Edge

12 Sided Smooth

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (6th portrait - Possum Magic - Colourised - Proof) -  obverse

© Mike Bentley

Mint

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

Comments

This NCLT commemorative coloured 50 cent coin produced by the RAM is part of the "Possum Magic" six coin Baby Coin Proof set for 2020. The set also contains standard 5, 10 & 20 cent Proof Copper-nickel coins and standard $1 and $2 Aluminium-bronze Proof coins. The theme for the Baby Coin set is based on the classic Australian children's book "Possum Magic". The same set was released in 2018 & 2019 but with the previous 4th Portrait IRB Effigy. This year the set has been updated with the new Jody Clark 6th Effigy.


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 coloured proof 50 cent coin depicts "Grandma Poss using bush magic".

A non-colourised version of the coin is also available in the UNC Baby Mint Set (See link)

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Date VG F VF XF AU UNC
2020  Proof Possum Magic Baby Set

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