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Coin: Fifty Cents 1978 Australia Mule
Description

In 1978, the Royal Australian Mint minted Fiji coins as well as Australian coins. Their planchets being the same, an error was made where the wrong dies were paired - an Australian obverse with a Fiji reverse.

CountryFiji CurrencyFijian Dollar
Face value50 (x Cent) TypeFifty Cents (dodecagonal)
Year1978 CurrentNo (demonetised 2009)
Mintageunknown
Mints
NameMint markMintage
Royal Australian Mint No mint mark unknown
MaterialCuproNickel DesignerJ. Ken Payne
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II EffigyPortrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait)
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapePolygon (Dodecagonal - 12-sided)
Size (mm)31.6500 Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)15.5500
Obverse

Draped bust of Queen Elizabeth II facing right wearing a tiara (effigy known as the "Second Portrait", by Arnold Machin); around, the legend and date ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1978.

Obverse inscription ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1978
Reverse

Takia (an outrigger sailing canoe, described on the mint sets as a "drua"), below, the value and denomination: 50 cents.

The design is by J. Ken Payne from Suva, Fiji.

Reverse inscription50 cents
EdgePlain Edge inscriptionNone
Notes

Duplication of listings is not nice, but - to assist people with finding the coin - it has been listed both in the Australia and Fiji sections.

Fifty Cents 1978 Australia Mule: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsAustralia KM# A72
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List of all (28) coins of type: Fiji / Fifty Cents
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Fifty Cents 1997 Fifty Cents 1998 Fifty Cents 1999 Fifty Cents 2000 Fifty Cents 2006 Fifty Cents 2009
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