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50 Cents - Elizabeth II Captain Cook

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (Captain Cook) -  obverse 50 Cents - Elizabeth II (Captain Cook) -  reverse

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Features

Country Australia
Type Circulating commemorative coin
Year 1970
Value 50 Cents
0.50 AUD = 0.34 USD
Composition Copper-nickel
Weight 15.55 g
Diameter 31.50 mm
Thickness 3 mm
Shape Dodecagonal (12-sided)
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
References KM# 69, Schön# 58
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)
Weltmünzkatalog
by Gerhard Schön, Günter Schön
(Battenberg Gietl Verlag)

Commemorative issue

200th Anniversary of Cook's Australian voyage

Obverse

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

Lettering: ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1970

Engraver: Arnold Machin

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

Reverse

Bust of Captain Cook at left, map of Australia at right.

Lettering:
1770 James Cook
SD
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

Comments

The Royal Australian Mint issued this 50 cent coin, the first commemorative coin of of the decimal era, in 1970 to celebrate the bicentenary of the navigation of Australia’s east coast by Captain James Cook.

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1970  556,888 Cased Specimen
1970  15,000 Proof
1970  UNC wallet set

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