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50 Cents - Elizabeth II 2nd Portrait - Captain Cook

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (2nd Portrait - Captain Cook) -  obverse50 Cents - Elizabeth II (2nd Portrait - 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
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# 69,
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)
Schön# 58
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

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (2nd Portrait - Captain Cook) -  obverse

© Mike Bentley

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. It was included in the UNC and Proof Year sets for 1970.

There were 556,888 coins issued as a red cased specimen as shown below. These were issued at a price of 60 cents from banks and the RAM.


Seventy (70) VIP Proof Presentation Sets were produced in 1970 each containing two proof coins.

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 Raphael Makleouf 3rd Portrait of Queen Elizabeth II on the Obverse.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1970  556,888 1.4% Cased Specimen
1970  16,548,100 1.40 2.03 1.91 1.91 2.47 98% Circulation
1970  140 0.00% Proof VIP Set
1970  15,368 1.8% Proof Year Set
1970  40,230 1.6% UNC Year Set

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