Fifty Cents 2002 Accession Golden Jubilee (NCLT), Coin from Australia - detailed information

Fifty Cents 2002 Accession Golden Jubilee (NCLT), Coin from Australia
CoinFifty Cents 2002 Accession Golden Jubilee (NCLT)

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.

Apart from circulating coins, the Royal Australian Mint has a range of Non-Circulating Legal Tender (NCLT) 50 cent coins issued for collectors, such as this one.

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.

MintRoyal Australian Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage32,102
Obverse
Australia / Fifty Cents 2002 Accession Golden Jubilee (NCLT) - 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 2002.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2002
Reverse
Australia / Fifty Cents 2002 Accession Golden Jubilee (NCLT) - reverse photo

The reverse depicts St Edward's Crown, Australia's Federation Star, the dates 2002 and 1952, the denomination 50 [cents] and Royal Ciphers EIIR (for Elizabeth II Regina - Queen Elizabeth the Second) and GEORGE VI intersected by the words ELIZABETH ACCESSION and FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY in a quaternary design.

St Edward's Crown is a symbol of the Queen and Her Majesty's role as Australia's Head of State and was first used for the coronation of Charles II in 1661 and used in most coronations since that time, including that of Queen Elizabeth II.

The seven-pointed Federation Star is a symbol of Australia's federal system of government, and appears on the national flag. The seven points of the Star represent the six Australian States and Territories.

Reverse Inscription 2002 1952 ELIZABETH ACCESSION FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY EIIR GEORGE VI
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Mintages reported by the Royal Australian Mint:
32,102 brilliant uncirculated coins in PNC, minted in the 2001/2002 financial year (ending 30 June)
9,550 separate silver proofs + 1,500 in two-coin sets, minted 2001/2002
2,450 silver proofs, minted 2002/2003

Sources of original information:

Royal Australian Mint, Annual Report 2001 - 2002 (2002), p 54. Retrieved from https://www.ramint.gov.au/annual-reports (PDF)
Royal Australian Mint, 2002-03 Annual Report Supplement (2003), p 3. Retrieved from https://www.ramint.gov.au/annual-reports (PDF)

Fifty Cents 2002 Accession Golden Jubilee (NCLT): Known varieties
Variety In PNC
Mintage 32,102 (included in total)
Details

Issued in Philatelic Numismatic Cover together with Australia Post - postmarked February 6th 2002.

Variety Silver Proof FDC
Mintage 13,500
Material0.999 Silver
Details

18.24 g of 99.9% silver, 31.51mm diameter.

Fifty Cents 2002 Accession Golden Jubilee (NCLT): References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Royal Australian Mint 22 January 2002 Mint link
Royal Australian Mint 22 January 2002 Composition link
Royal Australian Mint 22 January 2002 Design link
All (12) Coins of Country: Australia, Type: Fifty Cents (NCLT)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Fifty Cents 1998 (Silver, Crown) 15,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1998 · FIFTY CENTS ·
Fifty Cents 1999 (Silver, Sixpence) 15,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1999 · FIFTY CENTS ·
Fifty Cents 2000 (Silver, King George VI) 10,412 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2000 · FIFTY CENTS ·
Fifty Cents 2002 Accession Golden Jubilee (NCLT) 32,102 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2002
Fifty Cents 2003 Coronation Golden Jubilee (NCLT) 65,003 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2003
Fifty Cents 2006 (Silver, Second Portrait) 5,829 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait, by Arnold Machin ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2006
Fifty Cents 2010 (Gold, Gottwald Portrait) 500 Portrait by Vladimir Gottwald ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2010
Fifty Cents 2019 Possum Magic (NCLT) unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2019
Fifty Cents 2019 (Second Portrait) 20,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait, by Arnold Machin ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2019
Fifty Cents 2019 (Third Portrait) 20,000 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2019
Fifty Cents 2019 (Gottwald Portrait) 20,000 Portrait by Vladimir Gottwald ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2019
Fifty Cents 2019 Christmas Decoration (NCLT) unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2019
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Fifty Cents 2002 Accession Golden Jubilee (NCLT): Details
CountryAustralia
CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Coin TypeFifty Cents (NCLT)
Issued2002
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value50 (x Cent)
Circulation MintageNone
Total Mintage32,102
CurrentYes
MaterialCuproNickel
DesignerPeter Soobik, Vladimir Gottwald
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeDodecagon - twelve sides
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size (mm)31.6500
Mass (g)15.5500
OCC IDLGVB-ELDC-LZKV-EMPX
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Fifty Cents 2002 Accession Golden Jubilee (NCLT): Photos
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2002 50c CuNi Unc for the 50th Anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II Accession
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2002 50c CuNi Unc for the 50th Anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II Accession
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Fifty Cents 2002 Accession Golden Jubilee (NCLT): Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsAustralia KM# 645, KM# 645a (Silver)