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50 Cents - Elizabeth II Year of the Rooster

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (Year of the Rooster) -  obverse 50 Cents - Elizabeth II (Year of the Rooster) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley

Features

Country Australia
Type Non circulating coin
Year 2017
Value 50 Cents
0.50 AUD = 0.40 USD
Metal Copper-nickel
Weight 15.37 g
Diameter 31.51 mm
Thickness 2.5 mm
Shape Tetradecagonal (14-sided)
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑

Commemorative issue

Lunar Year Series

Obverse

4th Portrait of Queen Elizabeth II facing right.

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2017
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

Rooster, Chinese symbol for Rooster at left. Bamboo in the background.

Lettering: 50

Engraver: S. Stojanovic

Edge

14 Sided Smooth

Comments

As the Chinese Lunar Calendar ushers in the Year of the Chicken, the innovative tetra-decagon series continues with its sixth annual release. The Chinese Lunar Calendar is a twelve-year cycle. Each cycle is represented by a different animal each with its own distinct personality. People born within each lunar year are believed to possess the qualities of that year’s animal, using those traits to achieve success and happiness throughout life.
 
This NCLT Royal Australian Mint coin is the sixth 50 cent Lunar Year commemorative and is also a 14 sided Tetra-Decagon coin. This is the only series with this shaped coin.
Previous Years releases are :-
2012: Year of the Dragon
2013: Year of the Snake
2014: Year of the Horse
2015: Year of the Goat
2016: Year of the Monkey

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50 Cents - Elizabeth II (Year of the Rooster)