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50 Cents - Elizabeth II Australia's Win of the America's Cup

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (Australia's Win of the America's Cup) -  obverse 50 Cents - Elizabeth II (Australia's Win of the America's Cup) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley

Features

Country Australia
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2008
Value 50 Cents
0.50 AUD = 0.34 USD
Composition Copper-nickel
Weight 15.55 g
Diameter 31.65 mm
Thickness 3 mm
Shape Dodecagonal (12-sided)
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
References KM# 1062
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)

Commemorative issue

25th Anniversary Australia's Win of the America's Cup

Obverse

4th Portrait Queen Elizabeth II facing right

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2008
IRB

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

The racing yacht Australia II riding the waves with the special keel showing below the waters' surface.

Lettering:
25TH ANNIVERSARY AUSTRALIA II VICTORY
50

Engraver: Caitlin Goodall

Edge

12 Sided Smooth

Comments

This 2008 Australia II 50c coin was released by the Royal Australian Mint as a collector coin not intended for general circulation. This is known as NCLT or non-circulating legal tender.
The coin commemorates 25 years since Australia II's America's Cup victory in 1983. This victory was attributed to the famous Lexcen-designed winged keel and ended the USA's 132 year winning streak in this sporting event.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
2008  32,916 UNC

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