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50 Cents - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait - 11 - Holden VC Commodore

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - 11 - Holden VC Commodore) -  obverse50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - 11 - Holden VC Commodore) -  reverse

Obverse © Mike Bentley - Reverse © Image courtesy of Royal Australian Mint

Features

Country Australia
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2016
Value 50 Cents
0.5 AUD = 0.35 USD
Currency Dollar (1966-date)
Composition Copper-nickel (Pad Printed)
Weight 15.55 g
Diameter 31.51 mm
Thickness 3 mm
Shape Dodecagonal (12-sided)
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑

Commemorative issue

Holden Heritage

Obverse

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

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II
AUSTRALIA 2016
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

Red Holden VC Commodore Sedan

Lettering:
HOLDEN HERITAGE COLLECTION
50 COMMODORE
1980-1981

Engraver: D. Neale

Edge

12 Sided Smooth

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - 11 - Holden VC Commodore) -  obverse

© Mike Bentley

Comments


Launched in March 1980, the VC Commodore was declared by Wheels magazine to be ‘easily the best Australian car ever’. The VC ensured Holden kept its place as Australia’s top car producer. The Blue XT5 engine gave the VC up to 25 per cent more power and 15 per cent more fuel economy than the previous VB. Driving a VC, Peter Brock won the Bathurst 1000 in 1980. Brock’s record nine wins at Bathurst between 1972 and 1987 were in either Commodores or Toranas.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
2016  22,500 UNC in Coincard
2016  7,500 UNC in Coincard in 12 Coin Tin

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