50 Cents - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait - Australian Square Kookaburra

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Australian Square Kookaburra) -  obverse50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Australian Square Kookaburra) -  reverse

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Features

Country Australia
Queen Elizabeth II (1952-date)
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2002
Value 50 Cents
0.50 AUD = 0.39 USD
Currency Dollar (1966-date)
Composition Silver (.999)
Weight 15.568 g
Diameter 24.7 mm
Thickness 3.5 mm
Shape Square with rounded corners
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
References KM# 875
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA.
And 4 more volumes.

Commemorative issue

Australian Square Kookaburra

Obverse

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

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II
AUSTRALIA
50 CENTS
IRB

Designer: 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

Kookaburra on branch

Lettering:
AUSTRALIAN
P
2002 1/2 oz. 999 SILVER
KOOKABURRA

Designer: Louis Kwan

Edge

Milled

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Australian Square Kookaburra) -  obverse

© Mike Bentley

Mint

P Perth Mint, Australia

Comments

Perth Mint's 2002 Proof issue of the Australian Kookaburra Silver Bullion Coin Series is Australia's first ever square-shaped legal tender coin.  The design is based on the early square Kookaburra pattern pennies of which none were ever officially circulated.

The coin was released in a lenticular coincard.

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC
2002 P 35,365 Proof in Coincard

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