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50 Cents - Elizabeth II 3rd Portrait - Masterpieces in Silver - First Fleet Bicentenary

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (3rd Portrait - Masterpieces in Silver - First Fleet Bicentenary) -  obverse 50 Cents - Elizabeth II (3rd Portrait - Masterpieces in Silver - First Fleet Bicentenary) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley

Features

Country Australia
Type Non-circulating coin
Years 1988-1989
Value 50 Cents
0.50 AUD = 0.34 USD
Composition Silver (.925)
Weight 18 g
Diameter 31.5 mm
Thickness 3.0 mm
Shape Dodecagonal (12-sided)
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
References KM# 99a
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)

Commemorative issue

Masterpieces in Silver - First Fleet Bicentenary

Obverse

3rd portrait of Queen Elizabeth II facing right wearing the King George IV State Diadem

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1988
RDM

Engraver: Raphael David Maklouf

Raphael David Maklouf is a sculptor, best known for designing the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II used on the coins of many Commonwealth nations. Maklouf was born in Jerusalem emigrating with his family to the United Kingdom after the Second World War. He attended the Camberwell School of Art until 1958, afterward becoming an academic lecturer for ten years. He was made an Associate of the Royal Society of British Sculptors in 1979. Raphael Maklouf was born to a Jewish family. His father is Samuel Maklouf, born in Safed, Raphael Makouf's mother is Leonie Maklouf.

Reverse

Depiction of an uncharted map of New Holland (Australia), the stars of the southern cross and a ship of the First Fleet.

Lettering:
AUSTRALIA 1788-1988
W S E
NEW HOLLAND
FIFTY CENTS

Engraver: Michael Tracey

Edge

12 Sided Smooth

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (3rd Portrait - Masterpieces in Silver - First Fleet Bicentenary)

© Mike Bentley

Comments

This Sterling Silver (.925) NCLT Proof coin was issued as part of the 1988 Bicentennial Masterpieces in Silver Set with three other Sterling Silver Proof coins. The coins in the set were :-

This 50 cent coin featuring the special reverse face for the Bicentennial Year 1988, see below.
A $1 coin featuring the special reverse face for the Bicentennial Year 1988.
A $2 coin which replaced the Two Dollar Banknote in the Bicentennial Year 1988.
A $5 coin which commemorated the opening of the New Parliament House in the Bicentennial Year1988.

In 1988 Australia celebrated 200 years since the arrival of the First Fleet. Captain Arthur Phillip led the party of 11 ships to the founding of Sydney and the colonisation of New South Wales. Arriving between 18-20th January 1788 1,487 men, women, children and convicts landed in Botany Bay to establish the first European colony in Australia. This 50 cent coin commemorates the event.

A Copper-nickel version of this 50 cent coin was released into circulation and included in the UNC and Proof Year sets for 1988.

This Sterling Silver coin was also re-issued in the following year, 1989, as part of the next Masterpieces in Silver Set , the "Fifty Cent Collection".

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
1988  19,999 Proof (Masterpieces in Silver Set)
1988  5,000 Proof (Sydney Coin Fair MIS Set)
1989  22,499 Proof (Masterpieces in Silver Set)
1989  2,500 Proof (Sydney Coin Fair MIS Set)

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