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50 Cents - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait - 25th Anniversary of America's Cup Victory

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - 25th Anniversary of America's Cup Victory) -  obverse50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - 25th Anniversary of America's Cup Victory) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley

Features

Country Australia
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2008
Value 50 Cents
0.50 AUD = 0.34 USD
Currency Dollar (1966-date)
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 America's Cup Victory

Obverse

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

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
CG

Engraver: Caitlin Goodall

Edge

12 Sided Smooth

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - 25th Anniversary of America's Cup Victory) -  obverse

© Mike Bentley

Comments

The Royal Australian Mint released this NCLT 50 cent coin in 2008 to commemorate 25 years since Australia II's America's Cup victory in 1983. the coin was released in an unusual folding coincard which could be folded to resemble the famous Winged Keel.
 

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 in Folding Coincard

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