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50 Cents - Elizabeth II 3rd Portrait - Masterpieces in Silver - Captain Cook

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (3rd Portrait - Masterpieces in Silver - Captain Cook) -  obverse50 Cents - Elizabeth II (3rd Portrait - Masterpieces in Silver - Captain Cook) -  reverse

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Features

Country Australia
Queen Elizabeth II (1952-date)
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 1989
Value 50 Cents
0.50 AUD = 0.36 USD
Currency Dollar (1966-date)
Composition Silver (.925)
Weight 18 g
Diameter 31.5 mm
Thickness 3 mm
Shape Dodecagonal (12-sided)
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
References KM# 127
  • Schmidt, Tracy L. (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248979.
  • Michael, Thomas & Tracy L. Schmidt; 2016. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700 (7th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248573.
  • Michael, Thomas (editor); 2016. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800 (7th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440247064.
  • Schmidt, Tracy L. (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900 (9th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248955.
  • Schmidt, Tracy L. (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000 (47th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248962.

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
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

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 (3rd Portrait - Masterpieces in Silver - Captain Cook) -  obverse

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Mint

Royal Australian Mint, Canberra, Australia (1965-date)

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. (However, they had the Arnold Machin 2nd Portrait of QE II)

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1989  22,499 17.14 100% Proof (Masterpieces in Silver Set)
1989  2,500 0% Proof (Sydney Coin Fair Silver Set)

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