50 Cents - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait - Lunar Year of the Dragon

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Lunar Year of the Dragon) -  obverse50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Lunar Year of the Dragon) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley


Country Australia
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2012
Value 50 Cents
0.50 AUD = 0.34 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 ↑↑
References KM# 2020
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)

Commemorative issue

Lunar Year Series - Year of the Dragon

Series: Chinese Lunar Year


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


Engraver: Ian Rank-Broadly


Oriental Dragon, Chinese character to the right

Lettering: 50

Engraver: Alex Vorodeyev


14 Sided Smooth

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Lunar Year of the Dragon) -  obverse

© Mike Bentley


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

A limited number were released in a special box encased in a numbered perspex stand in the shape of Australia.

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.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
2012  28,000 100% UNC in Coincard
2012  0.00% UNC in Perspex Stand

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