50 Cents - Elizabeth II 3rd Portrait - First Fleet Bicentenary

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (3rd Portrait - First Fleet Bicentenary) -  obverse50 Cents - Elizabeth II (3rd Portrait - First Fleet Bicentenary) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley

Features

Issuer Australia
Queen Elizabeth II (1952-date)
Type Circulating commemorative coin
Year 1988
Value 50 Cents
0.50 AUD = 0.36 USD
Currency Dollar (1966-date)
Composition Copper-nickel
Weight 15.55 g
Diameter 31.51 mm
Thickness 3 mm
Shape Dodecagonal (12-sided)
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Number N# 9495
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References KM# 99,
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA.
And 4 more volumes.
Schön# 87
Gerhard Schön; 2020. Weltmünzkatalog / 20. Jahrhundert: 1901-2000 (47. Auflage). Gietl Verlag, Regenstauf, Germany.
And 2 more volumes.

Commemorative issue

200th Anniversary First Fleet

Obverse

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

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1988
RDM

Designer: 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

Designer: Michael Tracey

Edge

12 Sided Smooth

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (3rd Portrait - First Fleet Bicentenary) -  obverse

© Mike Bentley

Comments

The RAM released this Copper-nickel 50 cent coin into general circulation In 1988 Australia to celebrate 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 coin commemorates the event.

The coin was included in the Year Proof & Year Uncirculated Sets for 1988


It was also issued by the RAM in a rectangular coincard, mintage unknown.


A Sterling Silver (.925) version of the coin was included in the 1988 Masterpieces in Silver Bicentenary Proof Set.
Then the following year a restrike dated 1989 was issued as part of the 1989 Masterpieces in Silver Set.

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1988  8 998 800 1.17 2.57 1.76 2.93 4.02 97% Circulation
1988  104 518 9.53 4% Proof Year Set
1988  0.4% UNC in Rectangular Coincard
1988  240 000 3.66 2% UNC Year Set
1988  10 000 0.11% UNC Year Set (Sydney Coin Fair)

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