Fifty Cents, Coin Type from Australia - detailed information

Fifty Cents, Coin Type from Australia (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 Inscription Legend of the ruling monarch
Reverse

Reverse Inscription
EdgeEdge Inscription
All (76) Coins of Type: Fifty Cents
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 Australia / Fifty Cents 1969 - reverse photo Australia / Fifty Cents 1969 - obverse photo 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 Australia / Fifty Cents 1976 - reverse photo Australia / Fifty Cents 1976 - obverse photo 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 Australia / Fifty Cents 1981 Royal Wedding - reverse photo Australia / Fifty Cents 1981 Royal Wedding - obverse photo 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 Australia / Fifty Cents 1984 - reverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 26,342,000
Fifty Cents 1985 Australia / Fifty Cents 1985 - reverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 1,075,000
Fifty Cents 1986 (mint sets only) Australia / Fifty Cents 1986 (mint sets only) - reverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 247,000
Fifty Cents 1987 (mint sets only) Australia / Fifty Cents 1987 (mint sets only) - reverse photo 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) Australia / Fifty Cents 1989 (mint sets only) - reverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: unknown
Fifty Cents 1990 (mint sets only) Australia / Fifty Cents 1990 (mint sets only) - reverse photo Australia / Fifty Cents 1990 (mint sets only) - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: unknown
Fifty Cents 1991 25th Anniversary of Decimal Currency Australia / Fifty Cents 1991 25th Anniversary of Decimal Currency - reverse photo Australia / Fifty Cents 1991 25th Anniversary of Decimal Currency - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 4,700,000
Fifty Cents 1992 (mint sets only) Australia / Fifty Cents 1992 (mint sets only) - reverse photo Australia / Fifty Cents 1992 (mint sets only) - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: unknown
Fifty Cents 1993 Australia / Fifty Cents 1993 - reverse photo Australia / Fifty Cents 1993 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 1,000,000
Fifty Cents 1994 International Year of the Family Australia / Fifty Cents 1994 International Year of the Family - reverse photo Australia / Fifty Cents 1994 International Year of the Family - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 21,239,000
Fifty Cents 1995 50th Anniversary of the End of WW2 Australia / Fifty Cents 1995 50th Anniversary of the End of WW2 - reverse photo Australia / Fifty Cents 1995 50th Anniversary of the End of WW2 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 15,908,000
Fifty Cents 1996 Australia / Fifty Cents 1996 - reverse photo Australia / Fifty Cents 1996 - obverse photo 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 Australia / Fifty Cents 1998 Bass and Flinders - reverse photo Australia / Fifty Cents 1998 Bass and Flinders - obverse photo 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 Australia / Fifty Cents 2000 Millennium - reverse photo Australia / Fifty Cents 2000 Millennium - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 16,665,153
Fifty Cents 2000 Royal Visit Australia / Fifty Cents 2000 Royal Visit - reverse photo Australia / Fifty Cents 2000 Royal Visit - obverse photo 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: 43,300,936
Fifty Cents 2001 Centenary of Federation - Australian Capital Territory Australia / Fifty Cents 2001 Centenary of Federation - Australian Capital Territory - reverse photo Australia / Fifty Cents 2001 Centenary of Federation - Australian Capital Territory - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 2,085,539
Fifty Cents 2001 Centenary of Federation - New South Wales Australia / Fifty Cents 2001 Centenary of Federation - New South Wales - reverse photo Australia / Fifty Cents 2001 Centenary of Federation - New South Wales - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 3,103,556
Fifty Cents 2001 Centenary of Federation - Norfolk Island Australia / Fifty Cents 2001 Centenary of Federation - Norfolk Island - reverse photo Australia / Fifty Cents 2001 Centenary of Federation - Norfolk Island - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 2,230,114
Fifty Cents 2001 Centenary of Federation - Northern Territory Australia / Fifty Cents 2001 Centenary of Federation - Northern Territory - reverse photo Australia / Fifty Cents 2001 Centenary of Federation - Northern Territory - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 2,143,029
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: 2,403,190
Fifty Cents 2001 Centenary of Federation - South Australia Australia / Fifty Cents 2001 Centenary of Federation - South Australia - reverse photo Australia / Fifty Cents 2001 Centenary of Federation - South Australia - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 2,464,886
Fifty Cents 2001 Centenary of Federation - Tasmania Australia / Fifty Cents 2001 Centenary of Federation - Tasmania - reverse photo Australia / Fifty Cents 2001 Centenary of Federation - Tasmania - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 2,222,668
Fifty Cents 2001 Centenary of Federation - Victoria Australia / Fifty Cents 2001 Centenary of Federation - Victoria - reverse photo Australia / Fifty Cents 2001 Centenary of Federation - Victoria - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 2,883,106
Fifty Cents 2001 Centenary of Federation - Western Australia Australia / Fifty Cents 2001 Centenary of Federation - Western Australia - reverse photo Australia / Fifty Cents 2001 Centenary of Federation - Western Australia - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 2,400,000
Fifty Cents 2002 Year of the Outback Australia / Fifty Cents 2002 Year of the Outback - reverse photo Australia / Fifty Cents 2002 Year of the Outback - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 11,665,062
Fifty Cents 2003 Volunteers Australia / Fifty Cents 2003 Volunteers - reverse photo Australia / Fifty Cents 2003 Volunteers - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 13,927,000
Fifty Cents 2004 Australia / Fifty Cents 2004 - reverse photo Australia / Fifty Cents 2004 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 17,918,000
Fifty Cents 2004 Primary School design Australia / Fifty Cents 2004 Primary School design - reverse photo Australia / Fifty Cents 2004 Primary School design - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 10,200,000
Fifty Cents 2005 (PNC only) Australia / Fifty Cents 2005 (PNC only) - reverse photo Australia / Fifty Cents 2005 (PNC only) - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 30,000
Fifty Cents 2005 60th Anniversary of the end of WWII Australia / Fifty Cents 2005 60th Anniversary of the end of WWII - reverse photo Australia / Fifty Cents 2005 60th Anniversary of the end of WWII - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 26,600,000
Fifty Cents 2005 Commonwealth Games Australia / Fifty Cents 2005 Commonwealth Games - reverse photo Australia / Fifty Cents 2005 Commonwealth Games - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 20,500,000
Fifty Cents 2006 Australia / Fifty Cents 2006 - reverse photo Australia / Fifty Cents 2006 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 59,300,000
Fifty Cents 2007 Australia / Fifty Cents 2007 - reverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 19,900,000
Fifty Cents 2008 Australia / Fifty Cents 2008 - reverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 33,000,000
Fifty Cents 2009 Australia / Fifty Cents 2009 - reverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 19,000,000
Fifty Cents 2010 Australia / Fifty Cents 2010 - reverse photo 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 Australia / Fifty Cents 2011 - reverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 14,400,000
Fifty Cents 2012 Australia / Fifty Cents 2012 - reverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 17,600,000
Fifty Cents 2013 Australia / Fifty Cents 2013 - reverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 18,800,000
Fifty Cents 2014 Australia / Fifty Cents 2014 - reverse photo 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 Australia / Fifty Cents 2015 - reverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 19,400,000
Fifty Cents 2016 Australia / Fifty Cents 2016 - reverse photo Australia / Fifty Cents 2016 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 15,700,000
Fifty Cents 2016 Changeover Australia / Fifty Cents 2016 Changeover - reverse photo Australia / Fifty Cents 2016 Changeover - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 7,001,661
Fifty Cents 2017 Australia / Fifty Cents 2017 - reverse photo Australia / Fifty Cents 2017 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 25,500,000
Fifty Cents 2017 Mabo Australia / Fifty Cents 2017 Mabo - reverse photo Australia / Fifty Cents 2017 Mabo - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: 1,400,000
Fifty Cents 2018 Australia / Fifty Cents 2018 - reverse photo Australia / Fifty Cents 2018 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: unknown
Fifty Cents 2019 (Fourth Portrait) Australia / Fifty Cents 2019 (Fourth Portrait) - reverse photo Australia / Fifty Cents 2019 (Fourth Portrait) - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: unknown
Fifty Cents 2019 Indigenous Languages Australia / Fifty Cents 2019 Indigenous Languages - reverse photo Australia / Fifty Cents 2019 Indigenous Languages - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: unknown
Fifty Cents 2019 (Fifth Portrait) Australia / Fifty Cents 2019 (Fifth Portrait) - reverse photo Australia / Fifty Cents 2019 (Fifth Portrait) - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Australian Mint
Mintage: unknown
Fifty Cents 2020 Australia / Fifty Cents 2020 - reverse photo Australia / Fifty Cents 2020 - obverse photo 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)
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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