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50 Cents - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait - 40th Anniversary of Moon Landing

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - 40th Anniversary of Moon Landing) -  obverse50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - 40th Anniversary of Moon Landing) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley

Features

Country Australia
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2009
Value 50 Cents
0.50 AUD = 0.34 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 ↑↑
References KM# 1432
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)

Commemorative issue

40th Anniversary of the Moon Landing

Obverse

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

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2009
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

Lunar Module on the moon with the Earth and Stars above

Lettering:
LANDING
50 CENTS
40th ANNIVERSARY OF THE MOON

Engraver: Caitlin Goodall

Edge

12 Sided Smooth

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - 40th Anniversary of Moon Landing) -  obverse

© Mike Bentley

Comments

2009 was the 40th anniversary of the first manned mission to the Moon and to celebrate this the Royal Australian Mint issued this NCLT 50cent coin in a credit card sized coincard.
 

It was July 21st 1969 when the world sat glued to their television sets watching vision streamed from the Parkes radio telescope in Australia. 600 million viewers watched and listened to Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin taking their first steps on the moon thanks to the Apollo 11 space mission. The coin is pad printed with black paint to depict space giving the perspective of opposing skyscapes as though you are looking out the cockpit window of the orbiting Command Module.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
2009  43,149 11.03 UNC in Coincard

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