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50 Cents - Elizabeth II 2nd portrait; Round type

Features

Country Australia
Type Common coin
Year 1966
Value 50 Cents
0.50 AUD = 0.40 USD
Metal Silver (.800)
Weight 13.28 g
Diameter 31.65 mm
Thickness 2.5 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
References KM# 67
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)

Obverse

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

Lettering: ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1966

Engraver: 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

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

Reeded

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 It was not long before the value of the silver content far outweighed the fifty cent face value and it was withdrawn from production and replaced in 1969 with the dodecagonal (12 sided) shape. Despite them being withdrawn from circulation many millions of the coins were hoarded by the Australian public.

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1966  Double bar variety
1966  Uncirculated wallet year set
1966  Uncirculated carded year set
1966  Valentines Day uncirculated year set
1966  Operation Fastback UNC set
1966  36,454,000
1966  18,000 Proof year set

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