|Coin||Fifty 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.
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.
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.
||· CORONATION ELIZABETH II · 1953 EIIR 50 2002 · FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY ·
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)