Fifty Cents 2000 Royal Visit, Coin from Australia - detailed information

Fifty Cents 2000 Royal Visit, Coin from Australia
CoinFifty 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 20 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.

MintRoyal Australian Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage5,100,000 (5.1 million), Rarity: C (Common)
Obverse
Australia / Fifty Cents 2000 Royal Visit - obverse photo

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.

A small G in a circle under the portrait represents the artist's initial.

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

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2000
Reverse
Australia / Fifty Cents 2000 Royal Visit - reverse photo

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 Inscription 50 ROYAL VISIT 2000
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

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.

1,593 silver proof coins were minted in the 2000/2001 financial year (ending 30 June)

Sources of original information:

Royal Australian Mint, Annual Report 2000 - 2001 (2001), p 54. Retrieved from https://www.ramint.gov.au/annual-reports (PDF)

Fifty Cents 2000 Royal Visit: Known varieties
Variety Silver Proof FDC
Mintage Issued: 1,593
Details

Issued in a protective capsule set in a box, with certificate.

Fifty Cents 2000 Royal Visit: References to Information Used
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All (76) Coins of Country: Australia, Type: Fifty Cents
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Fifty Cents 1966 (round, silver) 36,472,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1966
Fifty Cents 1969 14,028,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1969
Fifty Cents 1970 James Cook 16,555,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1970
Fifty Cents 1971 21,066,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1971
Fifty Cents 1972 5,596,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1972
Fifty Cents 1973 4,019,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1973
Fifty Cents 1974 8,973,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1974
Fifty Cents 1975 19,048,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1975
Fifty Cents 1976 27,301,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1976
Fifty Cents 1977 Coat of Arms unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1977
Fifty Cents 1977 Silver Jubilee 25,131,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1977
Fifty Cents 1978 25,804,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1978
Fifty Cents 1978 Fiji Mule unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1978
Fifty Cents 1979 24,922,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1979
Fifty Cents 1980 38,749,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1980
Fifty Cents 1981 24,254,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1981
Fifty Cents 1981 Royal Wedding 20,000,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1981
Fifty Cents 1982 XII Commonwealth Games 49,600,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1982
Fifty Cents 1983 49,003,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1983
Fifty Cents 1984 26,342,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1984
Fifty Cents 1985 1,075,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1985
Fifty Cents 1986 (mint sets only) 247,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1986
Fifty Cents 1987 (mint sets only) 270,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1987
Fifty Cents 1988 Coat of Arms unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1988
Fifty Cents 1988 Bicentenary 8,206,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1988
Fifty Cents 1989 (mint sets only) unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1989
Fifty Cents 1990 (mint sets only) unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1990
Fifty Cents 1991 25th Anniversary of Decimal Currency 4,700,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1991
Fifty Cents 1992 (mint sets only) unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1992
Fifty Cents 1993 1,000,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1993
Fifty Cents 1994 International Year of the Family 21,239,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1994
Fifty Cents 1995 50th Anniversary of the End of WW2 15,908,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1995
Fifty Cents 1996 19,297,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1996
Fifty Cents 1997 4,340,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1997
Fifty Cents 1998 Bass and Flinders 22,422,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1998
Fifty Cents 1999 20,346,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1999
Fifty Cents 2000 Millennium 16,665,153 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2000
Fifty Cents 2000 Royal Visit 5,100,000 Queen Elizabeth - Portrait by Gottwald ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2000
Fifty Cents 2001 Centenary of Federation - Australia 43,300,936 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2001
Fifty Cents 2001 Centenary of Federation - Australian Capital Territory 2,085,539 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2001
Fifty Cents 2001 Centenary of Federation - New South Wales 3,103,556 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2001
Fifty Cents 2001 Centenary of Federation - Norfolk Island 2,230,114 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2001
Fifty Cents 2001 Centenary of Federation - Northern Territory 2,143,029 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2001
Fifty Cents 2001 Centenary of Federation - Queensland 2,403,190 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2001
Fifty Cents 2001 Centenary of Federation - South Australia 2,464,886 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2001
Fifty Cents 2001 Centenary of Federation - Tasmania 2,222,668 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2001
Fifty Cents 2001 Centenary of Federation - Victoria 2,883,106 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2001
Fifty Cents 2001 Centenary of Federation - Western Australia 2,400,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2001
Fifty Cents 2002 Year of the Outback 11,665,062 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2002
Fifty Cents 2003 Volunteers 13,927,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2003
Fifty Cents 2004 17,918,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2004
Fifty Cents 2004 Primary School design 10,200,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2004
Fifty Cents 2005 (PNC only) 30,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2005
Fifty Cents 2005 60th Anniversary of the end of WWII 26,600,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2005
Fifty Cents 2005 Commonwealth Games 20,500,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2005
Fifty Cents 2006 59,300,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2006
Fifty Cents 2007 19,900,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2007
Fifty Cents 2008 33,000,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2008
Fifty Cents 2009 19,000,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2009
Fifty Cents 2010 22,200,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2010
Fifty Cents 2010 Australia Day 11,400,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2010
Fifty Cents 2011 14,400,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2011
Fifty Cents 2012 17,600,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2012
Fifty Cents 2013 18,800,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2013
Fifty Cents 2014 17,700,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2014
Fifty Cents 2014 AIATSIS 3,000,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2014
Fifty Cents 2015 19,400,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2015
Fifty Cents 2016 15,700,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2016
Fifty Cents 2016 Changeover 7,001,661 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2016 FIFTY YEARS
Fifty Cents 2017 25,500,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2017
Fifty Cents 2017 Mabo 1,400,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2017
Fifty Cents 2018 unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2018
Fifty Cents 2019 (Fourth Portrait) unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2019
Fifty Cents 2019 Indigenous Languages unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2019
Fifty Cents 2019 (Fifth Portrait) unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2019
Fifty Cents 2020 unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2020
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Fifty Cents 2000 Royal Visit: Details
CountryAustralia
CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Coin TypeFifty Cents Circulating Commemorative
Issued2000
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth - Portrait by Vladimir Gottwald
Face Value50 (x Cent)
Total Mintage5,100,000 (5.1 million), Rarity: C (Common)
CurrentYes
MaterialCuproNickel
DesignerVladimir Gottwald
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeDodecagon - twelve sides
Size31.650 mm
Mass15.550 g
OCC IDWLGV-BELD-CXYE-MPXD
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Fifty Cents 2000 Royal Visit: Photos
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2000 50c CuNi Unc for Circulating coinage
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Fifty Cents 2000 Royal Visit: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsAustralia KM# 437