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50 Cents - Elizabeth II 2nd portrait; Dodecagonal type

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (2nd portrait; Dodecagonal type) -  obverse 50 Cents - Elizabeth II (2nd portrait; Dodecagonal type) -  reverse

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Features

Country Australia
Type Common coin
Years 1969-1984
Value 50 Cents
0.50 AUD = 0.39 USD
Metal Copper-nickel
Weight 15.55 g
Diameter 31.50 mm
Thickness 2.55 mm
Shape Dodecagonal (12-sided)
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
References KM# 68, Schön# 55
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)
Weltmünzkatalog
by Gerhard Schön, Günter Schön
(Battenberg Gietl Verlag)

Obverse

2nd portrait of Queen Elizabeth II facing right wearing the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara

Lettering: ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1983

Engraver: Arnold Machin

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

Reverse

Australia coat of arms (the escutcheon is carried by a red kangaroo (Macropus rufus) and an Emu (Dromaius novaehollandiae)) and the numeral "50".
Designer's mark "SD" below.

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

Comments

Australia's first 12-sided 50-cent coin, replacing the 80% silver round 50-cent of 1966. No 50-cent coins were issued in 1967 and 1968.

For the variety "two parallel horizontal bars behind Emu's head" for the years 1979 and 1980, this is what you have to look for:

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Year Mintage VG F VF XF UNC Exchange
1969  14,015,000
1969  Uncirculated year set
1969  13,000 Proof year set
1971  21,056,000
1971  Uncirculated year set
1971  10,000 Proof year set
1972  Uncirculated year set
1972  5,586,000
1972  10,000 Proof year set
1973  Uncirculated year set
1973  4,009,000
1973  10,000 Proof year set
1974  Uncirculated year set
1974  8,962,000
1974  11,000 Proof year set
1975  19,025,000
1975  23,000 Proof year set
1976  27,280,000
1976  Uncirculated year set
1976  21,000 Proof year set
1978  Uncirculated year set
1978  25,765,000
1978  39,000 Proof year set
1979  24,886,000
1979  Double bar variety
1979  Uncirculated year set
1979  36,000 Proof year set
1980  38,681,000
1980  Double bar variety
1980  Uncirculated year set
1980  68,000 Proof year set
1981  Uncirculated year set
1981  24,168,000
1981  86,000 Proof year set
1983  Uncirculated year set
1983  48,923,000
1983  80,000 Proof year set
1984  26,281,000
1984  Uncirculated year set
1984  61,000 Proof year set

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50 Cents - Elizabeth II (2nd portrait; Dodecagonal type)