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50 Cents - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait - Golden Jubilee

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Golden Jubilee) -  obverse 50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Golden Jubilee) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley

Features

Country Australia
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2002
Value 50 Cents
0.50 AUD = 0.34 USD
Composition Copper-nickel
Weight 15.55 g
Diameter 31.6 mm
Thickness 3 mm
Shape Dodecagonal (12 sided)
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
References KM# 645
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)

Commemorative issue

50th Anniversary of the Accession of Queen Elizabeth II

Obverse

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

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II
AUSTRALIA
2002
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

St Edward's Crown to Top Left Australia's 7 pointed Federation Star top right Text below and between

Lettering:
Elizabeth Accession
Fiftieth Anniversary
1952.2002
50
E II R
GEORGE VI

Engraver: Wojciech Pietranik

Wojciech Pietranik, born 25 March 1950, is a Polish artist and sculptor best known for his design work for coins and medals.

Edge

12 Sided Smooth

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Golden Jubilee)

© Mike Bentley

Comments

To mark the 50th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II Accession or Golden Jubilee a new design was released by the Royal Australian Mint in 2002. This coin was originally intended to circulate but this decision was overruled after advice from the Treasury that there were enough 50 cent pieces already in circulation. This version was only available in a PNC issued by Australia Post. These are very rare and sell for upwards of $120.



A Fine Silver (.999) version of the coin was also released in a red square presentation box, Mintage 13,500 .

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
2002  32,102 PNC only

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