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Coin: Fifty Cents 1995 50th Anniversary of the End of WW2
Description

Coin commemorating the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II (also known as the "Weary Dunlop" 50 cents). Designed by Louis Laumen and Horst Hahne, sculpted by Horst Hahne.

Sir Edward Weary Dunlop was a surgeon in the Australian Army during World War II. In March 1942 Weary and his troops were captured by the Japanese and put to work to build the Burma-Siam railway, a feat over over 400 kilometres. He commanded a force of over a thousand POW men and his courage, compassion and dedication often kept them alive. Sir Dunlop was knighted in 1969 and passed away in 1993 at the age of 85.

No regular (Coat of Arms) fifty cent coins were released in 1995.

CountryAustralia CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Face value50 (x Cent) TypeFifty Cents Circulating Commemorative
Year1995 CurrentYes
Mintage15,908,000 (15.9 million)
Mints
NameMint markMintage
Royal Australian Mint No mint mark 15,908,000 (15.9 million)
MaterialCuproNickel DesignerHorst Hahne
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II EffigyPortrait by Raphael David Maklouf (Third Portrait)
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapePolygon (Dodecagon - twelve sides)
Size (mm)31.6500 Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)15.5500
Obverse

Crowned bust of Queen Elizabeth II facing right wearing pearls (effigy known as the "Third portrait"). Around, ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1995. In tiny letters on neck truncation, the designer's initials RDM (for Raphael David Maklouf).

Obverse inscription ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1995
Reverse

At centre between poles to which barbed wire is attached, a bust of "Weary" Dunlop facing three-quarters right and looking down; below, "WEARY" DUNLOP 50; around passing through the barbed wire, THEY SERVED THEIR COUNTRY IN WORLD WAR II 1939 - 1945.

Reverse inscription50 "WEARY" DUNLOP THEY SERVED THEIR COUNTRY IN WORLD WAR II 1939 - 1945
EdgePlain Edge inscriptionNone
Fifty Cents 1995 50th Anniversary of the End of WW2: Known varieties
VarietyMintageDetails
Proof 48,000 (included in main number)
Fifty Cents 1995 50th Anniversary of the End of WW2: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsAustralia KM# 294
Fifty Cents 1995 50th Anniversary of the End of WW2: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Museums 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
Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins Varieties Proof
Royal Australian Mint 2016 Design link
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Fifty Cents 1995 50th Anniversary of the End of WW2: Some useful external links
Australian Coin Collecting Blog - 1995 50 Cent Weary Dunlop The 50th Anniversary of the End of WWII Museums Victoria: Coin - 50 Cents, Sir Edward 'Weary' Dunlop Commemorative, Australia
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