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

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

© Mike Bentley

Features

Country Australia
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2013
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# 2011
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)

Commemorative issue

Lunar Year Series - Year of the Snake

Obverse

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

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 蛇

Lettering: 50

Translation: 蛇 = Snake

Engraver: Alex Vorodeyev

Edge

14 Sided Smooth

Comments

Released by the Royal Australian Mint is this NCLT Copper-nickel 14 sided coin. The coin was released in a folding coincard. This 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.



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.
Previous Years  releases are:-
2012: Year of the Dragon

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

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
2013  28,000 UNC in Coincard
2013  UNC in Perspex Stand

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