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

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

© Mike Bentley

Features

Country Australia
Queen Elizabeth II (1952-date)
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2012
Value 50 Cents
0.50 AUD = 0.36 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
  • Schmidt, Tracy L. (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248979.
  • Michael, Thomas & Tracy L. Schmidt; 2016. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700 (7th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248573.
  • Michael, Thomas (editor); 2016. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800 (7th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440247064.
  • Schmidt, Tracy L. (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900 (9th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248955.
  • Schmidt, Tracy L. (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000 (47th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248962.

Commemorative issue

Year of the Dragon

Series: Lunar series II

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

Engraver: Alex Vorodeyev

Edge

14 Sided Smooth

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

© Mike Bentley

Mint

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

Comments

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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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
2012  30,000 100% UNC in Coincard
2012  7% UNC in Perspex Stand

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