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50 Cents - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait - 50 Years of Triple Zero

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - 50 Years of Triple Zero) -  obverse50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - 50 Years of Triple Zero) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley

Features

Country Australia
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2011
Value 50 cents
0.50 AUD = 0.34 USD
Currency Dollar (1966-date)
Composition Copper-nickel (Pad Printed)
Weight 15.55 g
Diameter 31.51 mm
Thickness 3 mm
Shape Dodecagonal (12-sided)
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
References KM# 1624
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)

Commemorative issue

50 years of Triple Zero

Obverse

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

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II
AUSTRALIA 2011

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

A phone handset on top of 000 (in blue colour)
Ambulance (written in green below green/ yellow chequered design) on left side
Police ( written in blue inside blue/ white chequered design) on top
Fire ( written in red under red/yellow chequered design) on right side

Lettering:
50 YEARS OF THE TRIPLE ZERO (000) EMERGENCY CALL SERVICE
000
EMERGENCY
AMBULANCE
POLICE
FIRE
50

Engraver: Wojciech Pietranik

Wojciech Pietranik, born 25 March 1950, is a Polish artist and sculptor best known for his design work for coins and medals.

Edge

12 Sided Smooth

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - 50 Years of Triple Zero) -  obverse

© Mike Bentley

Comments

Commemorating 50 years of the triple zero emergency call service for fire, ambulance and police this 50c is pad printed in full colour and was released by the RAM in a credit card sized coincard.
 

Triple Zero (000) in Australia is similar to 911 in the USA and 999 in the UK. Aussies know that if they dial 000 (or 112 on a mobile), help is near. A free call from any phone, if you're involved in an emergency or need of help, an operator will direct your call to the appropriate police, fire, or ambulance needed for a speedy response.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
2011  29,201 UNC in Coincard

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