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50 Cents - Elizabeth II Masterpieces in Silver - Captain Cook

Features

Country Australia
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 1989
Value 50 Cents
0.50 AUD = 0.34 USD
Composition Silver (.925)
Weight 18 g
Diameter 31.5 mm
Thickness 3 mm
Shape Dodecagonal (12-sided)
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
References KM# 69a
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)

Commemorative issue

Masterpieces in Silver - 200 Years Captain Cook

Obverse

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

Lettering: ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1989

Engraver: Arnold Machin

Arnold Machin O.B.E., R.A. was a British artist, sculptor, coin and stamp designer.

Reverse

Bust of Captain James Cook at left, map of Australia at right

Lettering:
1770 James Cook
FIFTY CENTS

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 (Masterpieces in Silver - Captain Cook)

© Mike Bentley

Comments

This Sterling Silver (.925) NCLT Proof coin was issued as part of the 1989 Fifty Cent Collection Masterpieces in Silver Set with four other Sterling Silver Proof 50 cent coins.



The coins in the set were all 1989 dated versions of previously released commemorative 50 cent coins that had been released into circulation they were :-

This 50 cent coin featuring the special reverse face for the Captain Cook Bicentenary year of 1970.
A 50 cent coin featuring the special reverse face for the Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II in 1977.
A 50 cent coin featuring the special reverse face for the celebration of the marriage of Charles and Diana in 1981
A 50 cent coin featuring the special reverse face for the Brisbane Commonwealth Games of 1982.
A 50 cent coin featuring the special reverse face for the Bicentennial Year 1988.

Over 15 million Copper-nickel versions of this 50 cent coin were released into circulation and included in the UNC and Proof Year sets for 1970.

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

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