Fifty Cents 2003 Coronation Golden Jubilee (NCLT), Coin from Australia - detailed information

Fifty Cents 2003 Coronation Golden Jubilee (NCLT), Coin from Australia
CoinFifty Cents 2003 Coronation 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 2nd of June 2003 marked the 50th anniversary, or Golden Jubilee of the Coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth ll.

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 continue the theme of the previous year's set which commemorated her Accession to the Throne in 1952.

The silver 50 cents were also available separately. Apart from the precious metal version, the mint also released an Aluminium-Bronze 50 cents (as opposed to the copper-nickel composition of normal 50 cent coins), in a Philatelic Numismatic Cover together with Australia Post - postmarked June 2nd 2002.

No coins of this type were released into circulation.

MintRoyal Australian Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage65,003
Obverse
Australia / Fifty Cents 2003 Coronation 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 2003.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2003
Reverse
Australia / Fifty Cents 2003 Coronation Golden Jubilee (NCLT) - reverse photo

The reverse design is a progression of the design of the 2002 Accession Golden Jubilee commemorative 50 Cents coin.

It features a modernistic and slightly abstract composition of royal insignia and national emblems, highlighted by the prominent positioning of St Edward's Crown over the Queen's personal cypher: EIIR (for Elizabeth II Regina - Queen Elizabeth the Second). Below that is the numeral of denomination the denomination: 50 [cents]. These form the central panel of a triptych arrangement which can be seen as a pair of grand ceremonial doors opening out to reveal the Queen's historic reign.

The left panel depicts Australia's Federation Star over the date 1953. Around left, the text · CORONATION ELIZABETH II ·.

The right panel has a sprig of wattle over the date 2003. Around right, the text · FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY ·.

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 · CORONATION ELIZABETH II · 1953 EIIR 50 2002 · FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY ·
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Mintages reported by the Royal Australian Mint:
65,003 brilliant uncirculated coins in PNC, minted in the 2002/2003 financial year (ending 30 June)
5,502 separate silver proofs + 660 in two-coin sets, minted 2002/2003
805 silver proofs, minted 2003/2004

Sources of original information:

Royal Australian Mint, 2002-03 Annual Report Supplement (2003), p 3. Retrieved from https://www.ramint.gov.au/annual-reports (PDF)
Royal Australian Mint, 2003-04 Annual Report Supplement (2004), p 5. Retrieved from https://www.ramint.gov.au/annual-reports (PDF)

Fifty Cents 2003 Coronation Golden Jubilee (NCLT): Known varieties
Variety In PNC
Mintage 65,003 (included in total)
Details

Aluminium-Bronze, issued in Philatelic Numismatic Cover together with Australia Post - postmarked June 2nd 2002.

Variety Silver Proof FDC
Mintage 6,967
Material0.999 Silver
Details

18.24 g of 99.9% silver, 31.51mm diameter.

Fifty Cents 2003 Coronation Golden Jubilee (NCLT): References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Royal Australian Mint 26 February 2003 Mint link
Royal Australian Mint 26 February 2003 Composition link
Royal Australian Mint 26 February 2003 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 2003 Coronation Golden Jubilee (NCLT): Details
CountryAustralia
CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Coin TypeFifty Cents (NCLT)
Issued2003
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value50 (x Cent)
Circulation MintageNone
Total Mintage65,003
CurrentYes
MaterialAluminium-Bronze
DesignerPeter Soobik
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeDodecagon - twelve sides
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size (mm)14.0900
Mass (g)15.5500
OCC IDQRAP-EBNC-ABMJ-EYJD
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Fifty Cents 2003 Coronation Golden Jubilee (NCLT): Photos
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2003 50c AlBr Unc for the 50th Anniversary of the Queens Coronation
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2003 50c AlBr Unc for the 50th Anniversary of the Queens Coronation
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Fifty Cents 2003 Coronation Golden Jubilee (NCLT): Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsAustralia KM# 799, KM# 799a (Silver)