50 Cents - Elizabeth II 2nd Portrait - Round type

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (2nd Portrait - Round type) -  obverse50 Cents - Elizabeth II (2nd Portrait - Round type) -  reverse

© Museum Victoria

Features

Country Australia
Queen Elizabeth II (1952-date)
Type Standard circulation coin
Year 1966
Value 50 Cents
0.50 AUD = 0.38 USD
Currency Dollar (1966-date)
Composition Silver (.800)
Weight 13.28 g
Diameter 31.5 mm
Thickness 2.55 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Number N# 6761
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References KM# 67
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA.
And 4 more volumes.

Obverse

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

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II
AUSTRALIA 1966

Designer: Arnold Machin

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

Reverse

Australian coat of arms with large numerical denomination below

Lettering:
50
SD

Designer: 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

Reeded

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (2nd Portrait - Round type) -  obverse

© Mike Bentley

Mint

Royal Australian Mint, Canberra, Australia (1965-date)

Comments

The round Australian 50 cent piece was introduced at the changeover to decimal currency in Australia in 1966. It is the only circulating round 50 cent piece, containing 80% silver and 20% copper. It was not long before the value of the silver content far outweighed the fifty cent face value and it was withdrawn from production and replaced in 1969 with the Copper-nickel dodecagonal (12 sided) shape. Despite them being withdrawn from circulation many millions of the coins were hoarded by the Australian public.

Over 18,000 Proof Sets containing the round silver 50 cent were issued but due to the coins being open to the elements a lot of them have become very toned.
    

Various Uncirculated sets were also issued. This is one of the 77,250 Blue Card Sets.


This image shows the differences between the common version and the rarer "Double Bar" variety.

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1966  36 252 000 6.95 7.02 7.43 7.39 8.82 11.39 97% Circulation
1966  1.7% Double Bar Variety; see comments
1966  18 054 134.20 1.4% Proof Open Year Set
1966  70 0.2% UNC Operation Fastbuck Set
1966  1.1% UNC Valentines Day Set
1966  520 0.08% UNC VIP Presentation Wallet
1966  12 260 0.2% UNC Year Set Reserve Bank Coloured Wallets
1966  77 250 0.9% UNC Year Set in Blue Card
1966  15 809 0.6% UNC Year Set in Blue Vinyl Wallet

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