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Coin: Fifty Cents 1970 James Cook
Description

Commemorating the bicentenary of James Cook's 1770 voyage. Based on a painting by John Webber. The inclusion of Cook's signature was thought to be the first use of a facsimile signature on a coin.

No regular (Coat of Arms) fifty cent coins were issued in 1970.

CountryAustralia CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Face value50 (x Cent) TypeFifty Cents Circulating Commemorative
Year1970 CurrentYes
Mintage16,555,000 (16.6 million)
Mints
NameMintageMint mark
Royal Australian Mint 16,555,000 (16.6 million) No mint mark
MaterialCuproNickel DesignerStuart Devlin
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II EffigyPortrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait)
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapePolygon (Dodecagon - twelve sides)
Size (mm)31.6500 Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)15.5500
Obverse

Diademed bust of Queen Elizabeth II right (portrait by Arnold Machin, known as the "Second portrait"). Around, ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1970.

Obverse inscription ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1970
Reverse

A bust of James Cook facing three-quarters right; the date 1770 and Cook's signature across the bust, in the background is a map of Australia with a dotted line showing Cook's voyage up the East Coast. The designer's initials SD are inside Cook's signature. Around below, the denomination FIFTY CENTS.

Reverse inscription

1770 FIFTY CENTS

EdgePlain Edge inscription

None

Fifty Cents 1970 James Cook: Known varieties
VarietyMintageRarityDetails
Proof 15,000 (included in main number)
Fifty Cents 1970 James Cook: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsAustralia KM# 69
Fifty Cents 1970 James Cook: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Museum Victoria Collections 2016 Coin description link
Royal Australian Mint 2016 Mint link
Royal Australian Mint 2016 Mintage link
Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins Mintage Circulation and proof mintage
Remick, Catalogue of British Commonwealth Coins 1971 Varieties Proof
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Fifty Cents 1970 James Cook: Some useful external links
Australian Coin Collecting Blog - 1970 Captain Cook 50 Cent Museum Victoria Collections: Coin - 50 Cents, Captain James Cook Bicentenary, Australia, 1970
List of all (69) coins of type: Australia / Fifty Cents
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