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

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

© Mike Bentley

Features

Country Australia
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2015
Value 50 Cents
0.50 AUD = 0.34 USD
Composition Copper-nickel (Pad Printed)
Weight 15.55 g
Diameter 31.51 mm
Thickness 3 mm
Shape Dodecagonal
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
References KM# 2191b
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)

Commemorative issue

50th Anniversary of 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

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

Signature dodecagon shape of the coin arranged into a ‘honeycomb’ design, symbolising the industrious hive of the Royal Australian Mint. This product showcases the technical talent of the Royal Australian Mint colour printing a ‘golden gradient’ on this unique dodecagon shaped coin

Lettering:
50
ANNIVERSARY OF THE ROYAL AUSTRALIAN MINT
1965 2015

Edge

12 Sided Smooth

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

© Mike Bentley

Comments

This NCLT RAM coloured Commemorative coin celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Royal Australian Mint was issued in two different coincards. One was a general sale release with a mintage 30,000 and the other was a special Berlin World Money Fair release with a mintage 5,000.



This coin was manufactured in three different versions. In plain Copper-nickel as part of the annual UNC mint set, Gold Plated Copper-nickel as part of the annual Proof Year set, and a coloured version as seen here.

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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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
2015  5,000 UNC (WMF Coincard Release)
2015  30,000 UNC in Coincard

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