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50 Cents - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait - 50th Anniversary of Decimal Currency

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - 50th Anniversary of Decimal Currency) -  obverse50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - 50th Anniversary of Decimal Currency) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley

Features

Country Australia
Type Circulating commemorative coin
Year 2016
Value 50 Cents
0.50 AUD = 0.34 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 ↑↑

Commemorative issue

50th Anniversary of Decimal Currency

Obverse

Small Version of the 4th portrait of Queen Elizabeth II facing right wearing the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara,
Reproduction of 1 Shilling Coin with Rams Head

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II
AUSTRALIA 2016
FIFTY YEARS
AUSTRALIA KG (Within the Shilling Coin)

Engraver: Ian Rank-Broadly

Reverse

Australia coat of arms (the escutcheon is carried by a red kangaroo (Macropus rufus) and an Emu (Dromaius novaehollandiae)) and the numeral "50"

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

12 Sided Smooth

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - 50th Anniversary of Decimal Currency) -  obverse

© Mike Bentley

Comments

This coin was released as part of the RAM 2016 Mint and Proof Sets and commemorates the Changeover 50 years ago to decimal currency in Australia. It is unusual in that the Obverse of the coin has a miniature Ian Rank-Broadly Queens Head and a representation of an Australian One Shilling coin as issued between 1953 to 1964. The Reverse of the coin is the same as a standard definitive Fifty Cent coin This coin was issued into circulation via Mint Rolls and sealed Mint Bags. This was the UNC Mint Set.
  
  


The RAM issued a "Push in Folder" for collectors to keep all six of the "Changeover" circulating coins:

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2016  6,900,000 1.11 2.09 3.33 88% Circulating
2016  100,000 2% Circulating; Mint Roll
2016  4% Circulating; Sealed Mint Bag
2016  20,852 4% Proof Year Set
2016  1,250 0.00% UNC World Money Fair Set
2016  100,000 10% UNC Year Set

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