50 Cents - Elizabeth II 3rd Portrait - Year of the Family

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (3rd Portrait - Year of the Family) -  obverse50 Cents - Elizabeth II (3rd Portrait - Year of the Family) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley

Features

Country Australia
Queen Elizabeth II (1952-date)
Type Circulating commemorative coin
Year 1994
Value 50 Cents
0.50 AUD = 0.37 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 ↑↑
Number N# 3137
Numista (https://numista.com)
References KM# 257,
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA.
And 4 more volumes.
Schön# 244
Gerhard Schön; 2020. Weltmünzkatalog / 20. Jahrhundert: 1901-2000 (47. Auflage). Gietl Verlag, Regenstauf, Germany.
And 2 more volumes.

Commemorative issue

International Year of the Family

Obverse

3rd portrait of Queen Elizabeth II facing right wearing the King George IV State Diadem

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II
AUSTRALIA 1994
RDM

Designer: Raphael David Maklouf

Raphael David Maklouf is a sculptor, best known for designing the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II used on the coins of many Commonwealth nations. Maklouf was born in Jerusalem emigrating with his family to the United Kingdom after the Second World War. He attended the Camberwell School of Art until 1958, afterward becoming an academic lecturer for ten years. He was made an Associate of the Royal Society of British Sculptors in 1979. Raphael Maklouf was born to a Jewish family. His father is Samuel Maklouf, born in Safed, Raphael Makouf's mother is Leonie Maklouf.

Reverse

A depiction of a family as would be drawn by a child and the United Nations symbol for the International Year of the Family to the right.

Lettering:
AUSTRALIA
1994
50
cents

Designer: Carolyn Rosser

Edge

12 Sided Smooth

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (3rd Portrait - Year of the Family) -  obverse

© Mike Bentley

Mint

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

Comments

The year 1994 celebrated the International Year of the Family and was promoted in Australia the release of this 50 cent coin into circulation by the Royal Australian Mint. The coin was included in the 1994 Mint & Proof sets as well as the Gumnut Baby Mint Set.
 

Two variants of this coin exist. Wide and narrow date versions are in known. The Mint Sets & PNC appear to contain the wide date variety.
The wide date is the rarer of the two versions consisting of approximately 6% of coins minted.
                                 Wide Date                                             Narrow Date
 


Australia Post also released the coin in a PNC Cover. (148,393 Copies)
 

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1994  19 580 300 0.59 0.75 1.47 1.48 1.67 3.05 98% Circulation Narrow Date (Common)
1994  1 250 000 1.6% Circulation Wide Date (Rare)
1994  39 004 1.5% Proof Year Set
1994  39 958 0.19% UNC Gumnut Baby Set
1994  148 393 5.74 0.7% UNC in Aust Post PNC (Wide Date)
1994  91 942 0.4% UNC Year Set (Wide Date)

Values in the table above are expressed in USD. They are based on evaluations by Numista users and sales realized on Internet platforms. They serve as a measure, but they are not intended to be relied upon for buying, selling or exchanging. Numista does not buy or sell coins or banknotes.

Frequencies show the percentage of Numista users who own each year or variety among all the users who own this coin. Since some users own several versions, the sum may be greater than 100%.

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