Fifty Cents 2000 (Silver, King George VI), Coin from Australia - detailed information

Fifty Cents 2000 (Silver, King George VI), Coin from Australia
CoinFifty Cents 2000 (Silver, King George VI)

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 5-coin set Matserpieces in Silver 2000 - Coins of the 20th Century - Monarchs. The set depicts five monarchs whose effigies have circulated on Australian currency during the 20th Century. The set contains:

2 Dollars with Queen Victoria
20 Cents with King Edward VII
20 Cents with King George V
50 Cents with King George VI (this coin)
20 Cents with Queen Elizabeth II - Mary Gillick effigy

All of these coins have the Fourth Portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank Broadley) on the obverse - which also shows the value and denomination; on the other side, they have a historic obverse depicting one of the monarchs and carrying his/her legend, in Latin language as was the practice on pre-decimal coins. Thus, they have the curious appearance of having two obverses, although technically speaking the "historic" side is a commemorative reverse in this case.

Actual mintage of the set was 10,412 from an initially announced limit of 15,000.

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 Mintage10,412

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 above the effigy is the monarch's legend and the date: ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2000. Around below, · FIFTY CENTS ·

Note that the value and denomination are on the obverse.


The obverse of the coin shows the bare head of King George VI facing left.

Below the neck truncation in small letters, the artist's initials HP (for [Thomas] Humphrey Paget).

Around, the monarch's legend: GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP.. Translated from Latin: George the Sixth, by the Grace of God, King of all the Britains, Defender of the Faith, Emperor of India.

Reverse Inscription GEORGIVS VI D : G : BR : OMN : REX F : D : IND : IMP.
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone

According to the Royal Australian Mint, this coin represents a 1937 Australian Crown coin; original dies and plasters in the mint's possession were used to produce the modern dies.

The issue price of the 5-coin set was A$139.00.

Fifty Cents 2000 (Silver, King George VI): References to Information Used
Royal Australian Mint 1 November 2000 Mint link
Royal Australian Mint 1 November 2000 Mintage link
Royal Australian Mint 1 November 2000 Composition link
All (12) Coins of Country: Australia, Type: Fifty Cents (NCLT)
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Fifty Cents 2000 (Silver, King George VI): 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 Mintage10,412
Material0.999 Silver
DesignerThomas Humphrey Paget
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size38.740 mm
Mass36.310 g
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Fifty Cents 2000 (Silver, King George VI): Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsAustralia KM# 499