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Coin: Fifty Cents 2005 60th Anniversary of the end of WWII
Description

Coin commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the end of World War 2. This design was inspired by a photograph in the Australian War Memorial collection of a scene of a burial at El Alamein in 1942. Designed and sculpted by Wojciech Pietranik.

6,500 silver proofs were also issued in 0.999 purity (18.24 g = 0.5858 ASW), and 650 gold proofs in 0.9999 purity (33.63g = 1.0811 AGW).

CountryAustralia CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Face value50 (x Cent) TypeFifty Cents Circulating Commemorative
Year2005 CurrentYes
Mintage26,600,000 (26.6 million)
Mints
NameMint markMintage
Royal Australian Mint No mint mark 26,600,000 (26.6 million)
MaterialCuproNickel DesignerWojciech Pietranik
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II EffigyPortrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait)
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapePolygon (Dodecagon - twelve sides)
Size (mm)31.6500 Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)15.5500
Obverse

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 2005.

Obverse inscription ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2005
Reverse

The reverse depicts a burial at El Alamein in 1942: a cemetery with a soldier, a priest and mourners standing solemnly against a background of graves. Around above, WORLD WAR 1939 - 1945 REMEMBRANCE. The denomination FIFTY PENCE is in exergue.

Reverse inscriptionWORLD WAR 1939 - 1945 REMEMBRANCE FIFTY PENCE
EdgePlain Edge inscriptionNone
Fifty Cents 2005 60th Anniversary of the end of WWII: Known varieties
VarietyMintageDetails
Silver proof 6,500
Gold proof 650
Proof unknown
Fifty Cents 2005 60th Anniversary of the end of WWII: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsAustralia KM# 746, 746a (Silver), 746b (Gold)
Fifty Cents 2005 60th Anniversary of the end of WWII: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Royal Australian Mint 2016 Mint link
Royal Australian Mint 2016 Mintage link
Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins Varieties Proofs
Royal Australian Mint 2016 Design link
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Australian Coin Collecting Blog - Australian 50 Cent Coins : 2005 Remembrance 50c
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