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50 Cents - Elizabeth II 4th portrait - Round type

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th portrait - Round type) -  obverse 50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th portrait - Round type) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley

Features

Country Australia
Type Non-circulating coin
Years 2006-2016
Value 50 Cents
0.50 AUD = 0.34 USD
Composition Silver (.800)
Weight 13.25 g
Diameter 31.5 mm
Thickness 3 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑

Commemorative issue

40 Years of Decimal Currency

Obverse

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

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II
AUSTRALIA 2006
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

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

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th portrait - Round type)

© Mike Bentley

Comments

To mark the 40th anniversary in 2006 of the transition to decimalisation in Australia the Royal Australian Mint has revisited the original 50c coin in shape and composition. Included in the Eight Coin Proof Sets issued for 2006 was this 31.51mm round 50 cent made from 80% silver and 20% copper. It weighs slightly less than it's dodecagonal cousins at 13.28grams. Also included in the proof set was a special 1 and 2 cent coin. This 50 cent coin was shaped round just like the first 50 cent coin in 1966 but has the Ian Rank Broadley Obverse instead of the original Arnold Machin Obverse .
 
The same silver coin was also issued in the 2010 Heritage set which is quite rare at only 400 minted and also issued in the "In Come the Dollars in Come the Cents" 2016 set.
All other 50 cent coins since 1966 up to current date were made as Dodecagonal (12-sided) coins
(Except for the 14 sided Lunar Year of the Rooster etc 50 cent coins.)

There was also another round silver 50 cent coin issued by the RAM in 2006. It was part of the Fine Silver Proof Set and it had the original Arnold Machin second portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. See link below.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
2006  45,373 Proof Year Set
2010  400 Proof Heritage Set
2016  10,000 UNC 50th Anniversary Set

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50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th portrait - Round type)