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Coin: Fifty Cents 2000 Royal Visit

Designed and sculpted by Vladimir Gottwald, this circulating commemorative fifty cents coin celebrates the visit of Queen Elizabeth II to Australia. It has now been in circulation for 18 years.

These coins are remarkable with the fact that their obverse does not use the regular effigy of Her Majesty but Vladimir Gottwald's portrait of her, which had been short-listed in 1996 as a possible official effigy throughout the British Commonwealth. With this minting, Vladimir Gottwald became the first Australian designer since Sir Edgar Bertram Mackennal KCVO RA, who sculpted the 1910-1936 effigy of King George V, to have his work on the obverse of an Australian coin.

No regular (Coat of Arms) fifty cent coins were released in 2000.

CountryAustralia CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Face value50 (x Cent) TypeFifty Cents Circulating Commemorative
Year2000 CurrentYes
Mintage5,100,000 (5.1 million) RarityC (Common)
NameMint markMintage
Royal Australian Mint No mint mark 5,100,000 (5.1 million), Rarity: C (Common)
MaterialCuproNickel DesignerVladimir Gottwald
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II EffigyPortrait by Vladimir Gottwald
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapePolygon Dodecagon - twelve sides
Size (mm)31.6500 Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)15.5500

Crowned head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (by Vladimir Gottwald). 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 Ian Rank-Broadley portraits, and the King Faisal of Saudi Arabia Necklace.

Around the effigy is the monarch's legend and the date: ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2000.

Obverse inscription ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2000

View of Australian flag flying at top of new Parliament House in Canberra and a small St Edward's Crown (this crown is believed to contain gold from the crown of Edward the Confessor, who is thought to be the first monarch to assemble royal regalia); below, the denomination 50 [cents]; to right, a crown above the text in two lines ROYAL VISIT 2000.

Reverse inscription50 ROYAL VISIT 2000
EdgePlain Edge inscriptionNone

The most interesting fact to note about this coin is its obverse design. In 1996 the RAM was invited to submit designs for an update to the portrait of Her Majesty on the obverse of Commonwealth coinage. The RAM's in house designer at the time Vladimir Gottwald submitted his design and was among the final 3 viewed by the Queen herself for approval. Although the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy was chosen, Gottwald's design was approved for a one time striking on this 2000 Royal Visit 50 cent.

Royal permission for the use of his design on the coin was only granted from Buckingham palace on the eve of the Queen's visit. For the first time in Australia since 1936 an obverse was created by an Australian designer.

Thus the coin was designed entirely by Vladimir Gottwald, both the obverse and reverse sides.

The same Vladimir Gottwald obverse was later used also on all the coins in the 2010 gold year set commemorating 10 years since this obverse was used.

Fifty Cents 2000 Royal Visit: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsAustralia KM# 437
Fifty Cents 2000 Royal Visit: References to Information Used
Museums Victoria Collections 2016 Coin description link
Royal Australian Mint 2016 Mint link
Royal Australian Mint 2016 Mintage link
Fifty Cents 2000 Royal Visit: Some useful external links
Australian Coin Collecting Blog - 2000 Royal Visit 50 Cent
American Bullion Inc. - Start a Gold IRA
American Bullion Inc. - Start a Gold IRA
List of all (72) coins of type: Australia / Fifty Cents
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