Fifty Cents 2001 Centenary of Federation - Australia, Coin from Australia - detailed information

Fifty Cents 2001 Centenary of Federation - Australia, Coin from Australia
CoinFifty Cents 2001 Centenary of Federation - Australia

In 2001, Australia released a series of coins to commemorate the Centenary of Federation (100 years since the separate states federated and formed the Commonwealth of Australia). There were ten different designs for fifty cent coins which marked the occasion - a common "Australia" design plus one each for the six states (New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia), the two territories (Australian Capital Territory and Northern Territory) and for Norfolk Island.

A parallel series was issued in the 20 Cents denomination.

These coins have now been in circulation for 18 years.

No regular fifty cent coins (with the usual Coat of Arms design by Stuart Devlin) were made in 2001.

MintRoyal Australian Mint Mintage43,300,936 (43.3 million), Rarity: C (Common)
Obverse
Australia / Fifty Cents 2001 Centenary of Federation - Australia - obverse photo

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 2001.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2001
Reverse
Australia / Fifty Cents 2001 Centenary of Federation - Australia - reverse photo

The reverse design features the Australian 1912 Commonwealth Coat of Arms granted by King George V. This Coat of Arms consists of a shield depicting the badges of the six Australian States. Aside the shield are a Red Kangaroo and Emu. These animals symbolise a nation moving forward. Above the shield is a seven pointed star on a wreath, each point representing the 6 States and one for the Territories. Below are sprays of Golden Wattle and the name AUSTRALIA in a scroll.

Below, the denomination 50 [cents].

On proof coins, there is a matt background over a highly polished exergue containing the denomination numeral 50. On regular circulation coins they are not separated and the whole background is the same. The Coat of Arms is multi-coloured on proof coins.

Reverse Inscription AUSTRALIA 50
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Mintage figure includes:
3,525,000 circulation coins dated 2001, minted in the 2000/2001 financial year (ending 30 June)
39,544,000 circulation coins dated 2001, minted 2001/2002
123,430 brilliant uncirculated coins in sets, minted 2000/2001
20,926 brilliant uncirculated coins in sets, minted 2001/2002
75,825 proofs, minted 2000/2001
11,755 proofs, minted 2001/2002

Sources of original information:

Royal Australian Mint, Annual Report 2000 - 2001 (2001), pp 53, 55. Retrieved from https://www.ramint.gov.au/annual-reports (PDF)
Royal Australian Mint, Annual Report 2001 - 2002 (2002), pp 53, 55. Retrieved from https://www.ramint.gov.au/annual-reports (PDF)

The 2001 report lists 3,525 mln "Standard" 50 cent coins dated 2001. Since no "Coat of Arms" coins were minted this year, presumably this type is meant.

Fifty Cents 2001 Centenary of Federation - Australia: Known varieties
Variety In mint sets
Mintage 144,356 (included in total)
Details

Brilliant Uncirculated coins in mint sets (minted during 2000/2001 financial year + minted 2001/2002):
Centenary of Federation States and Territories Uncirculated 20 Coin Collection 2001 - in a binder with carded coins grouped by state/territory, incl. the 9 twenty-cent pieces, 10 fifty-cent pieces (states, territories and Commonwealth 50c), and the Centenary of Federation $1 - 19,996 + 1,044
Centenary of Federation 2001 Uncirculated Six Coin Set - incl. Centenary of Federation 50 Cents (Federal) and Centenary of Federation $1, 79,952 + 10,870
Centenary of Federation Australian Baby Coin Set - as above, but in a folder with matching illustrated cover, 23,482 + 9,012

Variety Proof FDC (multi-coloured)
Mintage 87,580 (included in total)
Details

On proof coins, there is a matt background over a highly polished exergue containing the denomination numeral 50.

They were issued in mint sets (minted during 2000/2001 financial year + minted 2001/2002):
2001 Centenary of Federation Proof Coin Collection - boxed, incl. the 9 twenty-cent pieces, 10 fifty-cent pieces (states, territories and coloured Commonwealth 50c), and the coloured Centenary of Federation $1 - 9,404 + 3,596
Centenary of Federation 2001 Proof Six Coin Set - incl. coloured Centenary of Federation 50 Cents (Federal) and coloured Centenary of Federation $1, 54,951 + 4,618
Centenary of Federation Australian Baby Coin Set - Proof - as above, but in a box with matching illustrated cover, 11,470 + 3,541

Variety Gold Proof FDC
Mintage 193
Material0.999 Gold
Details

33.88 g of 99.9% gold. Part of the 6-coin Centenary of Federation 2001 Proof Set - Gold (called 2001 Commemorative Gold Coin Set in catalogues), issued in a myrtle-wood box.

Renniks lists mintage of 650.

Fifty Cents 2001 Centenary of Federation - Australia: References to Information Used
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Museums Victoria Collections 2016 Coin description link
Royal Australian Mint 2001 Mint link
Royal Australian Mint 2001 Mintage link
Royal Australian Mint 2001 Varieties
All (76) Coins of Country: Australia, Type: Fifty Cents
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Fifty Cents 1966 (round, silver) 36,472,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1966
Fifty Cents 1969 14,028,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1969
Fifty Cents 1970 James Cook 16,555,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1970
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 1977 Silver Jubilee 25,131,000 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 1981 Royal Wedding 20,000,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1981
Fifty Cents 1982 XII Commonwealth Games 49,600,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1982
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 1988 Bicentenary 8,206,000 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 1991 25th Anniversary of Decimal Currency 4,700,000 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1991
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 1994 International Year of the Family 21,239,000 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1994
Fifty Cents 1995 50th Anniversary of the End of WW2 15,908,000 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1995
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 1998 Bass and Flinders 22,422,000 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1998
Fifty Cents 1999 20,346,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1999
Fifty Cents 2000 Millennium 16,665,153 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2000
Fifty Cents 2000 Royal Visit 5,100,000 Portrait by Vladimir Gottwald ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2000
Fifty Cents 2001 Centenary of Federation - Australia 43,300,936 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2001
Fifty Cents 2001 Centenary of Federation - Australian Capital Territory 2,085,539 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2001
Fifty Cents 2001 Centenary of Federation - New South Wales 3,000,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2001
Fifty Cents 2001 Centenary of Federation - Norfolk Island 2,200,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2001
Fifty Cents 2001 Centenary of Federation - Northern Territory 2,100,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2001
Fifty Cents 2001 Centenary of Federation - Queensland 2,300,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2001
Fifty Cents 2001 Centenary of Federation - South Australia 2,400,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2001
Fifty Cents 2001 Centenary of Federation - Tasmania 2,200,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2001
Fifty Cents 2001 Centenary of Federation - Victoria 2,800,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2001
Fifty Cents 2001 Centenary of Federation - Western Australia 2,400,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2001
Fifty Cents 2002 Year of the Outback 11,546,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2002
Fifty Cents 2003 Volunteers 13,927,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2003
Fifty Cents 2004 17,918,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2004
Fifty Cents 2004 Primary School design 10,200,000 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 2005 60th Anniversary of the end of WWII 26,600,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2005
Fifty Cents 2005 Commonwealth Games 20,500,000 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 2010 Australia Day 11,400,000 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 AIATSIS 3,000,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2014
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 2016 Changeover 7,001,661 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2016 FIFTY YEARS
Fifty Cents 2017 25,500,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2017
Fifty Cents 2017 Mabo 1,400,000 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
Fifty Cents 2019 (Fourth Portrait) unknown Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2019
Fifty Cents 2019 Indigenous Languages unknown Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2019
Fifty Cents 2019 (Fifth Portrait) unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2019
Fifty Cents 2020 unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2020
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Fifty Cents 2001 Centenary of Federation - Australia: Details
CountryAustralia
CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Coin TypeFifty Cents Circulating Commemorative
Issued2001
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyPortrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait)
Face Value50 (x Cent)
Mintage43,300,936 (43.3 million), Rarity: C (Common)
CurrentYes
MaterialCuproNickel
Designer
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeDodecagon - twelve sides
Size (mm)31.6500
Mass (g)15.5500
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Fifty Cents 2001 Centenary of Federation - Australia: Photos
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Australia, Elizabeth II, 50 Cents, 2001
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Australia, Elizabeth II, 50 Cents, 2001
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Fifty Cents 2001 Centenary of Federation - Australia: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsAustralia KM# 491.1, 491.2 and 491.2a (coloured)