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50 Cents - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait - Student Design

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Student Design) -  obverse50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Student Design) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley

Features

Country Australia
Type Circulating commemorative coin
Year 2004
Value 50 Cents
0.50 AUD = 0.34 USD
Currency Dollar (1966-date)
Composition Copper-nickel
Weight 15.55 g
Diameter 31.5 mm
Thickness 3 mm
Shape Dodecagonal (12-sided)
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
References KM# 694,
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)
Schön# 782
Weltmünzkatalog
by Gerhard Schön, Günter Schön
(Battenberg Gietl Verlag)

Commemorative issue

Student Design

Obverse

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

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2004
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 a Koala, Wombat, Lorikeet and the initials JS
Denomination superimposed

Lettering:
JS
50

Translation: JS = John Serranno the 12 year old designer of the coin.

Engraver: Vladimir Gottwald

Vladimir Gottwald was a member of the Royal Australian Mint's Design and Engraving Section. His portrait, designed following the British Royal Mint's invitation for a new effigy in 1996, was among the three designs submitted to Her Majesty for approval. Although Rank-Broadley's design was eventually chosen, Gottwald's design was approved for a once only use to commemorate the Royal Visit in 2000.

Edge

12 Sided Smooth

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Student Design) -  obverse

© Mike Bentley

Comments

This coin was issued into general circulation by the RAM in 2004. It was designed by 12 year old John Serrano, a year 5 student at St Peter's Primary School in East Keilor Victoria. John was the winner of the Mint's Primary School Student Coin Design Competition of which there were just under 2,600 entries. The theme for the design was "Australia". It was the public who determined the winner by voting on the RAM website.

The coin was also released in uncirculated condition in a small coincard.


A Fine Silver (.999) Proof version of the coin was also released in a capsule in a plush yellow box with limited edition certificate. (Mintage 8,203)

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
2004  10,577,000 1.22 1.15 1.13 1.13 2.09 100% Circulation
2004  36,902 0.4% UNC in Coincard

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