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50 Cents - Elizabeth II 3rd portrait

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (3rd portrait) -  obverse50 Cents - Elizabeth II (3rd portrait) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley

Features

Country Australia
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1985-2019
Value 50 Cents
0.50 AUD = 0.34 USD
Currency Dollar (1966-date)
Composition Copper-nickel
Weight 15.55 g
Diameter 31.50 mm
Thickness 3 mm
Shape Dodecagonal (12-sided)
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
References KM# 83,
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)
Schön# 70
Weltmünzkatalog
by Gerhard Schön, Günter Schön
(Battenberg Gietl Verlag)

Obverse

3rd portrait of Queen Elizabeth II facing right wearing the King George IV State Diadem

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1985
RDM

Engraver: Raphael David Maklouf

Raphael David Maklouf is a sculptor, best known for designing the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II used on the coins of many Commonwealth nations. Maklouf was born in Jerusalem emigrating with his family to the United Kingdom after the Second World War. He attended the Camberwell School of Art until 1958, afterward becoming an academic lecturer for ten years. He was made an Associate of the Royal Society of British Sculptors in 1979. Raphael Maklouf was born to a Jewish family. His father is Samuel Maklouf, born in Safed, Raphael Makouf's mother is Leonie Maklouf.

Reverse

Australian Coat of arms with Kangaroo and Emu supporters

Lettering:
50
SD

Engraver: Stuart Devlin

Stuart Leslie Devlin, AO, CMG is a significant contemporary gold and silversmith. Australian-born, he has designed coins for countries around the world, and became especially well known as London-based designer of gold and silver collector's items in the 1970s and 80s.

Edge

12 Sided Smooth

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (3rd portrait) -  obverse

© Mike Bentley

Comments

The 1985 50 standard cent coin obverse was updated with the Third Portrait of Queen Elizabeth II designed by Raphael David Maklouf. It was used on all 50 cent coins up to and including 1997.

A special Five-Coin Set to commemorate the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Dodecagon 50 cent Coin  was issued by the RAM in 2019. The set included this coin with the Makleouf Third Effigy. The five coins in the set each display a different effigy of Queen Elizabeth II as used on the 50 cent coin since it was introduced in 1969 as well as including the new Jody Clark Sixth Effigy being introduced on Australian coins in 2019.

       

The Five coins in the Five-Coin Set are as follows :-

Coin dated 2019 with original 1969-1983 2nd Effigy Arnold Machin Obv with Stuart Devlin Rev. (Gold Plated)
Coin dated 2019 with second  1984-1997 3rd Effigy Ralph David Makleouf Obv with Stuart Devlin Rev.
Coin dated 2019 with third 1998-2019 4th Effigy Ian Rank-Broadly Obv with Stuart Devlin Rev.
Coin dated 2019 with fourth 2000 only 5th Effigy Vladimir Gottwald Obv with Stuart Devlin Rev.
Coin dated 2019 with fifth 2019 onwards 6th Effigy Jody Clark Obv with Stuart Devlin Rev.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1985  1,000,000 10% Circulation
1985  74,089 2% Proof Year Set
1985  170,000 0.5% UNC Year Set
1986  67,000 5.80 2% Proof Year Set
1986  180,000 5% UNC Year Set
1987  69,684 2% Proof Year Set
1987  200,000 4% UNC Year Set
1989  5,000 0.11% Proof Set Sydney International Coin Fair
1989  67,618 2% Proof Year Set
1989  150,602 3% UNC Year Set
1990  1,985 0.00% Proof Set Sydney International Coin Fair
1990  51,015 1.5% Proof Year Set
1990  103,766 3% UNC Year Set
1992  56,367 2% Proof Year Set
1992  118,528 3% UNC Year Set
1993  982,800 1.33 2.91 11% Circulation
1993  40,255 1.3% Proof Year Set
1993  11,000 0.00% UNC Gumnut Baby Set (Revised Artwork)
1993  16,000 0.00% UNC Gumnut Baby Set (Wrong Artwork)
1993  86,068 0.3% UNC Year Set
1996  19,296,800 0.54 1.05 66% Circulation
1996  3,985 0.00% Proof Gumnut Baby Set
1996  33,350 1.8% Proof Year Set
1996  25,727 0.00% UNC Gumnut Baby Set
1996  108,773 0.3% UNC Year Set
1997  4,337,200 1.11 23% Circulation
1997  3,617 0.00% Proof Gumnut Baby Set
1997  32,543 1.7% Proof Year Set
1997  27,421 0.00% UNC Gumnut Baby Set
1997  71,022 0.4% UNC Year Set
2019  20,000 1.1% UNC 50th Anniversary of Dodegagon 50c

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