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50 Cents - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait - Richie Benaud 1930 - 2015

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Richie Benaud 1930 - 2015) -  obverse50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Richie Benaud 1930 - 2015) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley

Features

Country Australia
Queen Elizabeth II (1952-date)
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2017
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 ↑↑

Commemorative issue

Richie Benaud 1930 - 2015

Obverse

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

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II
AUSTRALIA 2017
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

Depiction of Richie Benaud with microphone. Top left of coin shows Richie Benaud with cricket bat in full attacking swing in front of wickets. People in crowd below with his name spelt out in individual letters.

Lettering:
RICHIE
BENAUD
1930 - 2015
50
RITCHIE

Designer: Bronwyn King

Bronwyn King is a coin designer with the Royal Australian mint.

Edge

12 Sided Smooth

50 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Richie Benaud 1930 - 2015) -  obverse

© Mike Bentley

Mint

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

Comments

This NCLT coin was released by the RAM in 2016 (Although dated 2017) in a large coin card to commemorate the life of Richie Benaud, who was a popular, much respected and cherished Australian. It has a different finish to most 50 cent releases in that it is almost silver like.
 

Richie combined an outstanding record as a cricketer with a long and successful career as a respected commentator. As a cricketer he was devoted to attacking play - a skilled leg-spin bowler and hard-hitting lower order batsman. Richie was the first player to achieve "The Double" of 200 wickets/2000 runs in test cricket. As Australian captain he never lost a series.

Richie was a favourite commentator to many in Australia and Britain. He first commentated for BBC radio in 1960, and then moved to television. In Australia, he led the Nine Network commentary team for more than 35 years, becoming the "voice of cricket".

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC
2017  27,500 UNC in Coincard

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