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50 Cents - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait - 50th Anniversary of The Royal Australian Mint

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - 50th Anniversary of The Royal Australian Mint) -  obverse50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - 50th Anniversary of The Royal Australian Mint) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley

Features

Country Australia
Queen Elizabeth II (1952-date)
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2015
Value 50 cents
0.50 AUD = 0.36 USD
Currency Dollar (1966-date)
Composition Copper-nickel
Weight 15.55 g
Diameter 31.51 mm
Thickness 3 mm
Shape Dodecagonal (12-sided)
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
References KM# 2191
  • Schmidt, Tracy L. (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248979.
  • Michael, Thomas & Tracy L. Schmidt; 2016. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700 (7th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248573.
  • Michael, Thomas (editor); 2016. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800 (7th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440247064.
  • Schmidt, Tracy L. (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900 (9th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248955.
  • Schmidt, Tracy L. (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000 (47th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248962.

Commemorative issue

50th Anniversary of the Royal Australian Mint

Obverse

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

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II
AUSTRALIA 2015
IRB

Designer: 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

Coin's signature dodecagon shape arranged into a ‘honeycomb’ design, symbolising the industrious hive of the Royal Australian Mint

Lettering:
50
Anniversary of the Royal Australian Mint
1965 2015
AS

Designer: Aleksandra Stokic

Aleksandra Stokic born in Kučevo (Serbia) is a senior coin sculptor and coin designer at the Royal Australian Mint since 2011. She is known for the Centenary of Canberra and Australian Mining designs.

Edge

12 Sided Smooth

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - 50th Anniversary of The Royal Australian Mint) -  obverse

© Mike Bentley

Mint

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

Comments

This NCLT RAM Commemorative coin celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Royal Australian Mint was issued as part of the annual 6 coin UNC Mint Year Set in 2015.


This coin was manufactured in three different versions. As a Gold Plated Copper-nickel coin as part of the annual Proof Year set, a coloured version in two different coincards, one of them for the WMF Berlin Money Fair. Finally in plain Copper-nickel as seen here. The 12 sided design of the coin is emphasised with the numerous 12 sided shapes depicted on the coin.

Since 1965, the Royal Australian Mint has been producing the coins that Australians have used in their everyday lives. These coins have meant different things to many different people. They have had an unwavering presence for everybody in the country. As the first wholly Australian-operated mint, its primary function was to produce the coins to be used after Australia’s changeover to decimal currency. Half a century later, these circulating coins are still adorned with iconic Australian images, showing the nation’s great pride in its people and unique fauna.

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC
2015  48,682 UNC Year Set

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