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50 Cents - Elizabeth II 6th Portrait - Year of the Ox

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (6th Portrait - Year of the Ox) -  obverse50 Cents - Elizabeth II (6th Portrait - Year of the Ox) -  reverse

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Features

Country Australia
Queen Elizabeth II (1952-date)
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2021
Value 50 Cents
0.50 AUD = 0.37 USD
Currency Dollar (1966-date)
Composition Copper-nickel
Weight 15.37 g
Diameter 31.51 mm
Thickness 3 mm
Shape Tetradecagonal (14-sided)
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑

Commemorative issue

Year of the Ox

Series: Lunar Series III

Obverse

6th crowned portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II facing right, wearing the George IV State Diadem and the Victorian Coronation Necklace

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II
AUSTRALIA 2021
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

Ox standing proud under a tree with head held high, Chinese character for Ox to the right

Lettering:
50

TD

Translation: 牛 = Ox

Designer: Tony Dean

Tony Dean, is a medal maker and coin designer. A designer, engraver and sculptor of custom designed medals, plaques and coins, he worked with both the Royal Australian Mint and the Perth Mint.

Edge

Smooth - 14 Sided

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (6th Portrait - Year of the Ox) -  obverse

Mint

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

Comments

Released by the Royal Australian Mint is this NCLT Copper-nickel 14 sided coin. The coin was released in a folding coincard. This the tenth 50 cent Lunar Year commemorative and is also a 14 sided Tetra-Decagon coin. This is the only series with this shaped coin.
 
Images courtesy of the Royal Australian Mint

As the Chinese Lunar Calendar ushers in the Year of the Ox, the innovative tetra-decagon series continues with its tenth annual release. The Chinese Lunar Calendar is a twelve-year cycle. Each cycle is represented by a different animal, each with its own distinct personality. People born within each lunar year are believed to possess the qualities of that year’s animal, using those traits to achieve success and happiness throughout life.

Previous Years  releases are:-
2012: Year of the Dragon
2013: Year of the Snake
2014: Year of the Horse
2015: Year of the Goat
2016: Year of the Monkey
2017: Year of the Rooster
2018: Year of the Dog
2019: Year of the Pig
2020: Year of the Rat

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