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50 Cents - Elizabeth II Lunar Year of the Snake

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

© Mike Bentley

Features

Country Australia
Type Non circulating coin
Year 2013
Value 50 Cents
0.50 AUD = 0.37 USD
Metal Copper-nickel
Weight 15.37 g
Diameter 31.51 mm
Thickness 3 mm
Shape Tetradecagonal (14 sided)
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
References KM# 2011
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)

Commemorative issue

Lunar Year Series - Year of the Snake

Obverse

4th Portrait Queen Elizabeth II facing right

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2013
IRB

Engraver: Ian Rank-Broadley

Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS is a British sculptor who has produced many acclaimed works, among which are several designs for British coinage.

Reverse

Snake in grass, Chinese character to right

Lettering: 50

Edge

14 Sided Smooth

Comments

As the Chinese Lunar Calendar ushers in the Year of the Snake, the innovative tetra-decagon series continues with its second 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 second 50 cent Lunar Year commemorative and is also a 14 sided Tetra-Decagon coin. This is the only series with this shaped coin.
Previous Years  releases are:-
2012: Year of the Dragon

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