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50 Cents - Elizabeth II 3rd Portrait - Bass & Flinders

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (3rd Portrait - Bass & Flinders) -  obverse 50 Cents - Elizabeth II (3rd Portrait - Bass & Flinders) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley

Features

Country Australia
Type Circulating commemorative coin
Year 1998
Value 50 Cents
0.50 AUD = 0.34 USD
Composition Copper-nickel
Weight 15.55 g
Diameter 31.5 mm
Thickness 3 mm
Shape Dodecagonal (12-sided)
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
References KM# 364, Schön# 376
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)
Weltmünzkatalog
by Gerhard Schön, Günter Schön
(Battenberg Gietl Verlag)

Commemorative issue

200th Anniversary of the Discovery of Bass Strait

Obverse

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

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1998
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

Portraits of Bass and Flinders, a map of part of Australia and all of Tasmania and a depiction of the route they took

Lettering:
Sydney
GEORGE BASS
50
G
DISCOVERY OF
BASS STRAIT
1798 - 1998
MATTHEW FLINDERS

Engraver: Vladimir Gottwald

Vladimir Gottwald was a member of the Royal Australian Mint's Design and Engraving Section. His portrait, designed following the British Royal Mint's invitation for a new effigy in 1996, was among the three designs submitted to Her Majesty for approval. Although Rank-Broadley's design was eventually chosen, Gottwald's design was approved for a once only use to commemorate the Royal Visit in 2000.

Edge

12 Sided Smooth

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (3rd Portrait - Bass & Flinders)

© Mike Bentley

Comments

The RAM released this coin into general circulation to commemorate the Bicentennial of the discovery of Bass Strait. The coin was included in the Proof & UNC sets & Baby Proof & UNC sets for 1998.


It was also released in a very popular PNC by Australia Post.


3,000 special overprinted copies of the PNC were issued at the Sydney ANDA coin show also.

Bass Strait sits between Australia and Tasmania. Bass & Flinders expedition proved that Tasmania was an island. During the voyage in 1798 in the sailing boat the "Norfolk", Bass and Flinders circumnavigated the island of Tasmania establishing that it was in fact separated from the main part of Australia. George Bass and Matthew Flinders were leading the expedition. The Strait was named after Bass and an island in Bass Strait is named after Flinders.

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1998  22,389,200 0.43 1.39 1.13 5.60 Circulation
1998  82,204 PNC Issue
1998  3,000 PNC Sydney ANDA
1998  5,269 Proof Koala Baby Set
1998  32,225 Proof Year Set
1998  31,810 UNC Koala Baby Set
1998  74,108 UNC Year Set

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