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

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

© Mike Bentley


Country Australia
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2014
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 2.5 mm
Shape Tetradecagonal (14-sided)
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑

Commemorative issue

Lunar Year Series - Year of the Horse


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


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.


Jumping horse on field with Chinese symbol in the sky

Chinese symbol

Engraver: Alex Vorodeyev


14 Sided Smooth

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Lunar Year of the Horse) -  obverse

© Mike Bentley


As the Chinese Lunar Calendar ushers in the Year of the Horse, the innovative tetra-decagon series continues with its third 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.

This NCLT Royal Australian Mint coin is the third 50 cent Lunar Year commemorative and is also a 14 sided Tetra-Decagon coin. This is the only RAM 50 cent series with this shaped coin. It was issued in a red folding coincard.
Previous Years  releases are:-
2012: Year of the Dragon
2013: Year of the Snake

This coin was also issued to order in a special white presentation case, mintage unknown.

The RAM also released a Fine Silver (.999) Proof version of this coin in a capsule in a plush case.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
2014  50,000 UNC in Coincard
2014  UNC in White Presentation Case

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