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50 Cents - Elizabeth II 2nd Portrait - Royal Wedding

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (2nd Portrait - Royal Wedding) -  obverse 50 Cents - Elizabeth II (2nd Portrait - Royal Wedding) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley

Features

Country Australia
Type Circulating commemorative coin
Year 1981
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 2.55 mm
Shape Dodecagonal (12-sided)
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
References KM# 72,
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)
Schön# 60
Weltmünzkatalog
by Gerhard Schön, Günter Schön
(Battenberg Gietl Verlag)

Commemorative issue

Wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana

Obverse

2nd portrait of Queen Elizabeth II facing right wearing the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara

Lettering: ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1981

Engraver: Arnold Machin

Arnold Machin O.B.E., R.A. was a British artist, sculptor, coin and stamp designer.

Reverse

Profiles of Prince Charles and Princess Dianna facing left

Lettering:
:H.R.H.THE PRINCE OF WALES AND LADY DIANA SPENCER:
FIFTY CENTS

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 (2nd Portrait - Royal Wedding)

© Mike Bentley

Comments

Due to industrial issues at the Royal Australian Mint affecting production of coins the RAM announced that to celebrate the royal marriage of Charles and Dianna the Royal Mint in Wales was to strike a commemorative 50c coin to circulate in Australia. The coin was not included in the 1981 UNC or Proof Sets.

In 1989 The RAM issued a stunning re-strike of the coin in the "Masterpieces in Silver Set" for that year. However it had the Arnold Machin 3rd Portrait of Queen Elizabeth II on the Obverse.

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1981  20,000,000 1.21 1.31 1.95 2.98 3.00 Circulation

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