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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

© Mike Bentley

Features

Country Australia
Queen Elizabeth II (1952-date)
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2016
Value 50 Cents
0.50 AUD = 0.36 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

Designer: 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

Designer: D. Neale

Edge

12 Sided Smooth

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

© Mike Bentley

Mint

Royal Australian Mint, Canberra, Australia (1965-date)

Comments

This NCLT coin was initially released by the RAM as part of a limited edition metal box set of Holden Heritage 50 cent coins.
 

There were ten other pad printed coins in the set and one non-pad printed coin.  Only 7500 Limited Edition sets were made and the only way to get the non-pad printed coin was as part of this set. Each coin in the set was issued in a coincard.
 
 

Later the eleven Pad-Printed coins were available separately in their coincards.

Launched in March 1980, the VC Commodore was declared by Wheels magazine at the time to be ‘easily the best Australian car ever’, (It wasn't, Ford's XD Falcon was a much better car). 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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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
2016  9,925 64% UNC in Coincard
2016  7,500 43% UNC in Coincard in 12 Coin Tin

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