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, the denomination is also extensively used to issue circulating commemorative coins with various reverses. It is one of the heaviest coins in regular circulation in the world.
The 6th of February 2002 marked the 50th anniversary, or Golden Jubilee of the Accession of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth ll to the Throne in 1952, following the death of her father King George VI.
The Royal Australian Mint commemorated the event with a two-coin set: a gold coin denominated $100, and this 50 cents coin in silver. Both were designed by Peter Soobik of Orange NSW, and modelled by Mint sculptor Vladimir Gottwald.
Apart from the precious metal version, the mint also released a copper-nickel 50 cents - in a Philatelic Numismatic Cover together with Australia Post - postmarked February 6th 2002, and in a Royal Mint three-coin set together with a Canadian One Dollar and UK Five Pound coins in a plush purple case.
The design was originally intended to circulate but this decision was overruled after advice form the Treasury that there were enough 50-cent pieces already in circulation. Consequently, no coins of this type were released into circulation.
|Mintage||Issued: 32,102 (included in total)|
Issued in Philatelic Numismatic Cover together with Australia Post - postmarked February 6th 2002.
|Variety||Silver Proof FDC|
18.24 g of 99.9% silver, 31.51mm diameter.
|Fifty Cents 1998 (Silver, Crown)||15,000||Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait||ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1998 · FIFTY CENTS ·|
|Fifty Cents 1999 (Silver, Sixpence)||15,000||Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait||ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1999 · FIFTY CENTS ·|
|Fifty Cents 2000 (Silver, King George VI)||10,412||Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait||ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2000 · FIFTY CENTS ·|
|Fifty Cents 2002 Accession Golden Jubilee (NCLT)||32,102||Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait||ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2002|
|Fifty Cents 2003 Coronation Golden Jubilee (NCLT)||65,003||Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait||ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2003|
|Fifty Cents 2006 (Silver, Second Portrait)||5,829||Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait||ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2006|
|Fifty Cents 2010 (Gold, Gottwald Portrait)||500||Queen Elizabeth - Portrait by Gottwald||ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2010|
|Fifty Cents 2019 Possum Magic (NCLT)||unknown||Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait||ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2019|
|Fifty Cents 2019 (Second Portrait)||20,000||Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait||ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2019|
|Fifty Cents 2019 (Third Portrait)||20,000||Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait||ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2019|
|Fifty Cents 2019 (Gottwald Portrait)||20,000||Queen Elizabeth - Portrait by Gottwald||ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2019|
|Fifty Cents 2019 Christmas Decoration (NCLT)||unknown||Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait||ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2019|
|Coin Type||Fifty Cents (NCLT)|
|Monarch||Queen Elizabeth II|
|Effigy||Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley|
|Face Value||50 (x Cent)|
|Designer||Peter Soobik, Vladimir Gottwald|
|Shape||Dodecagon - twelve sides|
|Orientation||Medal Alignment (Axis 0)|
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|Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins||Australia KM# 645, KM# 645a (Silver)|