Detailed information about Coin: Fifty Cents 2000 Royal Visit from Australia
Coin commemorating the visit of Queen Elizabeth II to Australia.
No regular (Coat of Arms) fifty cent coins were released in 2000.
|Face value||50 (x Cent)||Type||Fifty Cents Circulating Commemorative|
|Mintage||5,100,000 (5.1 million)|
|Monarch||Queen Elizabeth II||Effigy||Portrait by Vladimir Gottwald|
|Production technology||Milled (machine-made)||Shape||Polygon (Dodecagon - twelve sides)|
|Size (mm)||31.6500||Thickness (mm)|
Crowned head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (effigy known as the "Fourth portrait"). In tiny letters below head the artist's initials IRB (for Ian Rank-Broadley). Around, ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2000.
|Obverse inscription||ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2000|
View of Australian flag flying at top of new Parliament House in Canberra and a small St Edward's Crown (this crown is believed to contain gold from the crown of Edward the Confessor, who is thought to be the first monarch to assemble royal regalia); below, 50; to right, crown above ROYAL VISIT / 2000.
50 ROYAL VISIT 2000
The most interesting fact to note about this coin is its obverse design. In 1996 the RAM was invited to submit designs for an update to the portrait of Her Majesty on the obverse of Commonwealth coinage. The RAM's in house designer at the time Vladimir Gottwald submitted his design and was among the final 3 viewed by the Queen herself for approval. Although the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy was chosen, Gottwald's design was approved for a one time striking on this 2000 Royal Visit 50 cent.
Royal permission for the use of his design on the coin was only granted from Buckingham palace on the eve of the Queen's visit. For the first time in Australia since 1936 an obverse was created by an Australian designer.
Thus the coin was designed entirely by Vladimir Gottwald, both the obverse and reverse sides.
The same Vladimir Gottwald obverse was later used also on all the coins in the 2010 gold year set commemorating 10 years since this obverse was used.
|Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins||Australia KM# 437|
|Museums Victoria Collections||2016||Coin description||link|
|Royal Australian Mint||2016||Mint||link|
|Royal Australian Mint||2016||Mintage||link|
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