50 Cents - Elizabeth II 3rd Portrait - Edward "Weary" Dunlop

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (3rd Portrait - Edward "Weary" Dunlop) -  obverse50 Cents - Elizabeth II (3rd Portrait - Edward "Weary" Dunlop) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley

Features

Country Australia
Queen Elizabeth II (1952-date)
Type Circulating commemorative coin
Year 1995
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# 3140
Numista (https://numista.com)
References KM# 294,
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# 275
Gerhard Schön; 2020. Weltmünzkatalog / 20. Jahrhundert: 1901-2000 (47. Auflage). Gietl Verlag, Regenstauf, Germany.
And 2 more volumes.

Commemorative issue

50th Anniversary of the end of World War II

Obverse

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

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II
AUSTRALIA 1995
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

Bust of Dunlop in the centre, value below, framed by barbed wire

Lettering:
THEY SERVED THEIR COUNTRY IN WORLD WAR II 1939-1945
"WEARY" DUNLOP
50

Designers: Horst Hahne , Louis Laumen

Horst Hahne PSM, is an Australian sculptor, medallist and designer. Signature: "HH"

Edge

12 Sided Smooth

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (3rd Portrait - Edward "Weary" Dunlop) -  obverse

© Mike Bentley

Mint

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

Comments

1995 marked the 50th Anniversary of the end of WWII. It was at this time that Australian Prisoners of War (POW's) being held by the Japanese were released. This coin was released into circulation by the RAM to commemorate the life of Sir Edward "Weary" Dunlop and his extraordinary spirit and the measures he took to unselfishly help his fellow soldiers and patients while being held as a POW.

The coin was included in the Year UNC Mint, Proof, Baby UNC Mint & Proof  Sets.
 

It was also issued in an Australia Post PNC (154,641 Copies)
 

The coin was also released in 2003 (but still dated 1995) as part of a dual Coincard set that included a Token that was commemorating  the Australian Army Medical Corps Centenary.

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1995  15 869 200 3.24 0.38 1.46 1.39 0.99 4.53 98% Circulation
1995  6 704 0.15% Proof Gumnut Baby Set
1995  48 537 8.04 2% Proof Year Set
1995  36 190 0.08% UNC Gumnut Baby Set
1995  154 641 5.18 1.1% UNC in PNC
1995  0.08% UNC with Token in Coincard
1995  96 079 2.28 0.5% UNC Year Set

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