Australia: Coin Type Fifty Cents Coat of Arms - detailed information

Australia: Coin Type Fifty Cents Coat of Arms (issued 1969 - )
Coin TypeFifty Cents Coat of Arms

The 50 cent coin was first introduced with decimalisation on 14 February 1966. This 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. Their composition is 75% copper and 25% nickel; their size is 31.65 millimetres (across flats).

Obverse

Australian decimal coins have carried four portraits of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second.

The inclusion of an effigy of the Queen on the obverse of Australia's coinage is mandated by Regulation 4 (c) of the Currency Regulations made under the Currency Act 1965. Portraits of Her Majesty have all faced to the right in line with a convention, said to have commenced with Charles II (1660-1685), that the new Monarch's portrait would face in a direction opposite to that of their predecessor.

Obverse InscriptionLegend of the ruling monarch
Reverse

Arms of the Commonwealth of Australia, based on those authorised by Royal Warrant 19 September 1912 - composed of a shield divided into six parts, each containing a representation of the badge of a State. The shield is supported by a kangaroo and an emu. The shield sits on the denomination numerals, 50 [cents]; above the shield is the Federation star. The entire design is set above a field of stylized wattle leaves.

The artist's initials SD (for Stuart Devlin) in (very) tiny letters are in the field below the numerals.

Reverse Inscription50
EdgePlain
Edge InscriptionNone
Notes

If you keep your coins in 2x2 cardboard holders, the best size for regular fifty cent coins is 35mm.

All Coins of Type: Fifty Cents Coat of Arms (41)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Fifty Cents 1969 14,028,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1969
Fifty Cents 1971 21,066,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1971
Fifty Cents 1972 5,596,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1972
Fifty Cents 1973 4,019,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1973
Fifty Cents 1974 8,973,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1974
Fifty Cents 1975 19,048,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1975
Fifty Cents 1976 27,301,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1976
Fifty Cents 1977 Coat of Arms unknown Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1977
Fifty Cents 1978 25,804,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1978
Fifty Cents 1978 Fiji Mule unknown Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1978
Fifty Cents 1979 24,922,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1979
Fifty Cents 1980 38,749,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1980
Fifty Cents 1981 24,254,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1981
Fifty Cents 1983 49,003,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1983
Fifty Cents 1984 26,342,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1984
Fifty Cents 1985 1,075,000 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1985
Fifty Cents 1986 (mint sets only) 247,000 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1986
Fifty Cents 1987 (mint sets only) 270,000 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1987
Fifty Cents 1988 Coat of Arms unknown Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1988
Fifty Cents 1989 (mint sets only) unknown Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1989
Fifty Cents 1990 (mint sets only) unknown Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1990
Fifty Cents 1992 (mint sets only) unknown Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1992
Fifty Cents 1993 1,000,000 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1993
Fifty Cents 1996 19,297,000 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1996
Fifty Cents 1997 4,340,000 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1997
Fifty Cents 1999 20,346,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1999
Fifty Cents 2004 17,918,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2004
Fifty Cents 2005 (PNC only) 30,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2005
Fifty Cents 2006 59,300,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2006
Fifty Cents 2007 19,900,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2007
Fifty Cents 2008 33,000,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2008
Fifty Cents 2009 19,000,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2009
Fifty Cents 2010 22,200,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2010
Fifty Cents 2011 14,400,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2011
Fifty Cents 2012 17,600,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2012
Fifty Cents 2013 18,800,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2013
Fifty Cents 2014 17,700,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2014
Fifty Cents 2015 19,400,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2015
Fifty Cents 2016 15,700,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2016
Fifty Cents 2017 25,500,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2017
Fifty Cents 2018 unknown Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2018
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Fifty Cents Coat of Arms: Details
CountryAustralia
CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Sub-type ofFifty Cents
From1969
Face Value50 (x Cent)
CurrentYes
MaterialCuproNickel
DesignerStuart Devlin
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeDodecagon - twelve sides
Size (mm)31.6500
Mass (g)15.5500
Fifty Cents Coat of Arms: Photos
ImageDetails
Cn 50 cent, Canberra
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Notes: Proof.
Source
Cn 50 cent, Canberra
Copyright: American Numismatic Society / CC BY NC
Notes: Proof.
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