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50 Cents - Elizabeth II Lunar Year of the Dragon

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (Lunar Year of the Dragon) -  obverse 50 Cents - Elizabeth II (Lunar Year of the Dragon) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley

Features

Country Australia
Type Non circulating coin
Year 2012
Value 50 Cents
0.50 AUD = 0.37 USD
Metal Copper-nickel
Weight 15.37 g
Diameter 31.51 mm
Thickness 2.5 mm
Shape Tetradecagonal (14 sided)
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
References KM# 2020
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)

Commemorative issue

Lunar Year Series - Year of the Dragon

Obverse

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

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II
AUSTRALIA 2012
IRB

Engraver: Ian Rank-Broadly

Reverse

Oriental Dragon, Chinese character to the right

Lettering: 50

Edge

14 Sided Smooth

Comments

As the Chinese Lunar Calendar ushers in the Year of the Dragon, the innovative tetra-decagon series begins with its first 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.

 This NCLT Royal Australian Mint coin is the first 50 cent Lunar Year commemorative and is also a 14 sided Tetra-Decagon coin. This is the only series with this shaped coin.

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