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50 Cents - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait - Lunar Year of the Goat

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Lunar Year of the Goat) -  obverse50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Lunar Year of the Goat) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley

Features

Country Australia
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2015
Value 50 Cents
0.50 AUD = 0.34 USD
Currency Dollar (1966-date)
Composition Copper-nickel
Weight 15.37 g
Diameter 31.51 mm
Thickness 3 mm
Shape Tetradecagonal (14 sided)
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑

Commemorative issue

Lunar Year Series - Year of the Goat

Obverse

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

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II
AUSTRALIA 2015
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

Goat and a Kid Goat with Chinese character for Goat to the left 羊

Lettering:

50

Translation: 羊 - Goat

Engraver: Alex Vorodeyev

Edge

14 Sided Smooth

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Lunar Year of the Goat) -  obverse

© Mike Bentley

Comments

Released by the Royal Australian Mint is this NCLT Copper-nickel 14 sided coin. The coin was released in a folding coincard. This the fourth 50 cent Lunar Year commemorative and is also a 14 sided Tetra-Decagon coin. This is the only series with this shaped coin.



As the Chinese Lunar Calendar ushers in the Year of the Goat, the innovative tetra-decagon series continues with its fourth annual release. The Chinese Lunar Calendar is a twelve-year cycle. Each cycle is represented by a different animal, each with its own distinct personality. People born within each lunar year are believed to possess the qualities of that year’s animal, using those traits to achieve success and happiness throughout life.

Previous Years  releases are:-
2012: Year of the Dragon
2013: Year of the Snake
2014: Year of the Horse

This coin was also issued to order in a special white presentation case, mintage unknown.


The RAM also released a Fine Silver (.999) Proof version of this coin in a capsule in a plush case.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
2015  50,000 UNC in Coincard
2015  UNC in White Box

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