Fifty Cents 1998 (Silver, Crown), Coin from Australia - detailed information

Fifty Cents 1998 (Silver, Crown), Coin from Australia
CoinFifty Cents 1998 (Silver, Crown)

The Australian 50 cent denomination was first introduced as a silver coin with decimalisation on 14 February 1966, but was changed in 1969 to its current specifications: a large dodecagonal (12-sided) copper-nickel coin; apart from the usual design featuring the Australian Coat of Arms (by Stuart Devlin) which has not been changed since its introduction, the denomination is also often used to issue circulating commemorative coins with various reverses. It is one of the heaviest coins in regular circulation in the world.

Apart from the circulating coinage, the Royal Australian Mint has an extensive program issuing 50 cent coins for collectors (Non-Circulating Legal Tender, or NCLT). Some of them - such as this one - are round, as reference to the original format of the denomination.

This coin was part of the 9-coin set Matserpieces in Silver 1998 - Coins of the 20th Century - Milestones. The set depicts "milestones" of Australian currency - reverses of iconic coins released during the 20th Century; it contains eight coins denominated as 20 cents: Florin 1910 reverse, Canberra Florin 1927 reverse, Melbourne Florin 1934 reverse, Florin 1938 reverse, Federation Jubilee Florin 1951 reverse, Royal Visit Florin 1954 reverse, United Nations 20 Cents (the first circulating commemorative in the denomination) and a regular platypus-design 20 Cents; plus one coin denominated as 50 cents with the 1937 Crown reverse.

All of these coins have the Queen's Fourth Portrait by Ian Rank Broadley, while the regular circulation coins of the year had the earlier portrait by Maklouf (see the regular 50 cents for 1998).

The coins are made of 99.9% silver and were issued in Proof FDC grade only. No coins of this type were released into circulation.

MintRoyal Australian Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage15,000

Crowned mature head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (effigy known as the "Fourth Portrait"). The Queen wears the "Girls of Great Britain and Ireland" diamond tiara, a wedding gift from Queen Mary (Her Majesty's grandmother) in 1947 - which she also has on the Machin and the Gottwald portraits.

In tiny letters below the head, the artist's initials IRB (for Ian Rank-Broadley).

Around the effigy is the monarch's legend and the date: ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1998. Around below, · FIFTY CENTS ·

Note that the (real, legal tender) value and denomination are on the obverse.


At centre the Imperial crown with the date 1937 below; around above, COMMONWEALTH : OF : AUSTRALIA; around below, the denomination · ONE CROWN · (being equal to five shillings). The artist's initials K·G (for [George] Kruger Gray) are in small letters in the field at the bottom right of the crown.

This is a re-issue of the reverse design of the 1937 Australian Crown coin. The actual (legal tender) value and denomination are on the obverse.

Reverse Inscription COMMONWEALTH : OF : AUSTRALIA · ONE CROWN · 1937
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Fifty Cents 1998 (Silver, Crown): References to Information Used
Royal Australian Mint 7 July 1998 Mint link
Royal Australian Mint 7 July 1998 Mintage link
Royal Australian Mint 7 July 1998 Composition link
All (12) Coins of Country: Australia, Type: Fifty Cents (NCLT)
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Fifty Cents 1998 (Silver, Crown): Details
CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Coin TypeFifty Cents (Round, NCLT)
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value50 (x Cent)
Total Mintage15,000
Material0.999 Silver
DesignerGeorge Kruger Gray
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size38.740 mm
Mass36.310 g
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Fifty Cents 1998 (Silver, Crown): Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsAustralia KM# 411