Australia: Coin Type Fifty Cents - detailed information

Australia: Coin Type Fifty Cents (issued 1966 - )
Coin TypeFifty Cents

The 50 cent coin was first introduced with decimalisation on 14 February 1966. The original design featured the Commonwealth Coat of Arms struck on an 80 per cent silver coin. Silver prices rose above the face value of the coin in 1967 and striking of the coin was suspended in March 1968. Although it was rumoured that the Royal Australian Mint had lost money on striking these coins, all metal used in the manufacture of the 36.5 million coins produced was purchased before the price rises.

Apart from the uneconomic cost of continuing the issue of the silver 50 cents, significant negative comment arose from confusion of the circular coin with the 20 cents. The decision to reissue a 50 cent coin considered not only a change to materials but also different shapes to help solve confusion with the 20 cents. A new shape and alloy was reintroduced into circulation in September 1969. These new dodecagonal (12-sided) coins have been used since.

The original reverse design by Stuart Devlin has not been changed since the introduction for regular circulating coins. Apart from these, this denomination is also frequently used for commemorative designs.

Obverse

Effigy of the ruling monarch, legend.

Obverse InscriptionLegend of the ruling monarch
Reverse

Reverse Inscription
Edge
Edge Inscription
All Coins of Type: Fifty Cents (72)
Coin NameReverseObverseDetails
Fifty Cents 1966 (round, silver) Australia / Fifty Cents 1966 (round, silver) - reverse photo Australia / Fifty Cents 1966 (round, silver) - obverse photo Material: 0.800 Silver
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 36,472,000
Fifty Cents 1969 Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 14,028,000
Fifty Cents 1970 James Cook Australia / Fifty Cents 1970 James Cook - reverse photo Australia / Fifty Cents 1970 James Cook - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 16,555,000
Fifty Cents 1971 Australia / Fifty Cents 1971 - reverse photo Australia / Fifty Cents 1971 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 21,066,000
Fifty Cents 1972 Australia / Fifty Cents 1972 - reverse photo Australia / Fifty Cents 1972 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 5,596,000
Fifty Cents 1973 Australia / Fifty Cents 1973 - reverse photo Australia / Fifty Cents 1973 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 4,019,000
Fifty Cents 1974 Australia / Fifty Cents 1974 - reverse photo Australia / Fifty Cents 1974 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 8,973,000
Fifty Cents 1975 Australia / Fifty Cents 1975 - reverse photo Australia / Fifty Cents 1975 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 19,048,000
Fifty Cents 1976 Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 27,301,000
Fifty Cents 1977 Coat of Arms Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: unknown
Fifty Cents 1977 Silver Jubilee Australia / Fifty Cents 1977 Silver Jubilee - reverse photo Australia / Fifty Cents 1977 Silver Jubilee - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 25,131,000
Fifty Cents 1978 Australia / Fifty Cents 1978 - reverse photo Australia / Fifty Cents 1978 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 25,804,000
Fifty Cents 1978 Fiji Mule Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: unknown
Fifty Cents 1979 Australia / Fifty Cents 1979 - reverse photo Australia / Fifty Cents 1979 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 24,922,000
Fifty Cents 1980 Australia / Fifty Cents 1980 - reverse photo Australia / Fifty Cents 1980 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 38,749,000
Fifty Cents 1981 Australia / Fifty Cents 1981 - reverse photo Australia / Fifty Cents 1981 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 24,254,000
Fifty Cents 1981 Royal Wedding Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 20,000,000
Fifty Cents 1982 XII Commonwealth Games Australia / Fifty Cents 1982 XII Commonwealth Games - reverse photo Australia / Fifty Cents 1982 XII Commonwealth Games - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 49,600,000
Fifty Cents 1983 Australia / Fifty Cents 1983 - reverse photo Australia / Fifty Cents 1983 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 49,003,000
Fifty Cents 1984 Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 26,342,000
Fifty Cents 1985 Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 1,075,000
Fifty Cents 1986 (mint sets only) Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 247,000
Fifty Cents 1987 (mint sets only) Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 270,000
Fifty Cents 1988 Coat of Arms Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: unknown
Fifty Cents 1988 Bicentenary Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 8,206,000
Fifty Cents 1989 (mint sets only) Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: unknown
Fifty Cents 1990 (mint sets only) Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: unknown
Fifty Cents 1991 25th Anniversary of Decimal Currency Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 4,700,000
Fifty Cents 1992 (mint sets only) Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: unknown
Fifty Cents 1993 Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 1,000,000
Fifty Cents 1994 International Year of the Family Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 21,239,000
Fifty Cents 1995 50th Anniversary of the End of WW2 Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 15,908,000
Fifty Cents 1996 Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 19,297,000
Fifty Cents 1997 Australia / Fifty Cents 1997 - reverse photo Australia / Fifty Cents 1997 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 4,340,000
Fifty Cents 1998 Bass and Flinders Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 22,422,000
Fifty Cents 1999 Australia / Fifty Cents 1999 - reverse photo Australia / Fifty Cents 1999 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 20,346,000
Fifty Cents 2000 Millennium Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 16,665,000
Fifty Cents 2000 Royal Visit Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 5,100,000
Fifty Cents 2001 Centenary of Federation - Australia Australia / Fifty Cents 2001 Centenary of Federation - Australia - reverse photo Australia / Fifty Cents 2001 Centenary of Federation - Australia - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 43,209,600
Fifty Cents 2001 Centenary of Federation - Australian Capital Territory Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 2,000,000
Fifty Cents 2001 Centenary of Federation - New South Wales Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 3,000,000
Fifty Cents 2001 Centenary of Federation - Norfolk Island Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 2,200,000
Fifty Cents 2001 Centenary of Federation - Northern Territory Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 2,100,000
Fifty Cents 2001 Centenary of Federation - Queensland Australia / Fifty Cents 2001 Centenary of Federation - Queensland - reverse photo Australia / Fifty Cents 2001 Centenary of Federation - Queensland - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 2,300,000
Fifty Cents 2001 Centenary of Federation - South Australia Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 2,400,000
Fifty Cents 2001 Centenary of Federation - Tasmania Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 2,200,000
Fifty Cents 2001 Centenary of Federation - Victoria Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 2,800,000
Fifty Cents 2001 Centenary of Federation - Western Australia Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 2,400,000
Fifty Cents 2002 Year of the Outback Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 11,546,000
Fifty Cents 2003 Volunteers Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 13,927,000
Fifty Cents 2004 Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 17,918,000
Fifty Cents 2004 Primary School design Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 10,200,000
Fifty Cents 2005 (PNC only) Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 30,000
Fifty Cents 2005 60th Anniversary of the end of WWII Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 26,600,000
Fifty Cents 2005 Commonwealth Games Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 20,500,000
Fifty Cents 2006 Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 59,300,000
Fifty Cents 2007 Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 19,900,000
Fifty Cents 2008 Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 33,000,000
Fifty Cents 2009 Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 19,000,000
Fifty Cents 2010 Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 22,200,000
Fifty Cents 2010 Australia Day Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 11,400,000
Fifty Cents 2011 Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 14,400,000
Fifty Cents 2012 Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 17,600,000
Fifty Cents 2013 Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 18,800,000
Fifty Cents 2014 Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 17,700,000
Fifty Cents 2014 AIATSIS Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 3,000,000
Fifty Cents 2015 Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 19,400,000
Fifty Cents 2016 Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 15,700,000
Fifty Cents 2016 Changeover Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 6,910,000
Fifty Cents 2017 Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 25,500,000
Fifty Cents 2017 Mabo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 1,400,000
Fifty Cents 2018 Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: unknown
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Fifty Cents: Details
CountryAustralia
CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Sub-types Fifty Cents Silver
Fifty Cents Coat of Arms
Fifty Cents Circulating Commemorative
From1966
Face Value50 (x Cent)
CurrentYes
MaterialSilver in 1966, CuproNickel 1969 and later
Designer
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound in 1966, 12-sided 1969 and later
Size (mm)
Mass (g)
Fifty Cents: Photos
ImageDetails
Proof Coin - 50 Cents, Australia, 1966
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
Author:
Notes: Silver (1966).
Source
Proof Coin - 50 Cents, Australia, 1966
Copyright: Museums Victoria / CC BY
Author:
Notes: Silver (1966).
Source