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Coin: Fifty Cents 2005 (PNC only)

In 2005 a coin and stamp cover was released promoting numerous heritage sites throughout the world. The Royal Australian Mint, Australia Post, the Royal Mint and the Royal Mail jointly produced this Philatelic Numismatic Cover (PNC) which was limited to 30,000 issued.

The cover includes the Australian Coat of Arms standard dodecagonal 50c coin and a British 50 pence piece. Interesting and unique to this issue is that this cover is the only way to secure one of these coins as it was not issued elsewhere in 2005.

The envelope houses a fold out card incorporating the two coins. It explains in detail our world heritage sites Dinosaur Provincial Park Canada, Ironbridge Gorge Britain, Ghadames Old Town Libya, Darjeeling Himalayan Railway India, Great Barrier Reef Australia, Salvador De Bahia Brazil and Heard and McDonald Islands in the Southern Ocean. It explains the world heritage convention setup by UNESCO in 1972 to identify, protect and preserve these special areas of the world.

Each PNC is numbered on the front and shows 8 stamps depicting photographs of some of the sites. It is postmarked in Sydney Australia and Stonehenge England on 21st April 2005.

CountryAustralia CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Face value50 (x Cent) TypeFifty Cents Coat of Arms
Year2005 CurrentYes
Mintage30,000 (30000)
NameMint markMintage
Royal Australian Mint No mint mark 30,000 (30000)
MaterialCuproNickel DesignerStuart Devlin
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II EffigyPortrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait)
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapePolygon Dodecagon - twelve sides
Size (mm)31.6500 Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)15.5500

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 2005.

Obverse inscription ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2005

Arms of the Commonwealth of Australia, based on those authorised by Royal Warrant 19 September 1912 - composed of a shield divided into six parts, each containing a representation of the badge of a State. The shield is supported by a kangaroo and an emu. The shield sits on the denomination numerals, 50 [cents]; above the shield is the Federation star. The entire design is set above a field of stylized wattle leaves.

The artist's initials SD (for Stuart Devlin) in (very) tiny letters are in the field below the numerals.

Reverse inscription50
EdgePlain Edge inscriptionNone
Fifty Cents 2005 (PNC only): Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsAustralia KM# 404
Fifty Cents 2005 (PNC only): References to Information Used
Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins Mintage
Fifty Cents 2005 (PNC only): Some useful external links
Australian Coin Collecting Blog - 2005 PNC 50c 50pence World Heritage Sites
Royal Mint Bullion
Royal Mint Bullion
List of all (72) coins of type: Australia / Fifty Cents
Fifty Cents 1966 (round, silver) Fifty Cents 1969 Fifty Cents 1970 James Cook Fifty Cents 1971 Fifty Cents 1972 Fifty Cents 1973
Fifty Cents 1974 Fifty Cents 1975 Fifty Cents 1976 Fifty Cents 1977 Coat of Arms Fifty Cents 1977 Silver Jubilee Fifty Cents 1978
Fifty Cents 1978 Fiji Mule Fifty Cents 1979 Fifty Cents 1980 Fifty Cents 1981 Fifty Cents 1981 Royal Wedding Fifty Cents 1982 XII Commonwealth Games
Fifty Cents 1983 Fifty Cents 1984 Fifty Cents 1985 Fifty Cents 1986 (mint sets only) Fifty Cents 1987 (mint sets only) Fifty Cents 1988 Coat of Arms
Fifty Cents 1988 Bicentenary Fifty Cents 1989 (mint sets only) Fifty Cents 1990 (mint sets only) Fifty Cents 1991 25th Anniversary of Decimal Currency Fifty Cents 1992 (mint sets only) Fifty Cents 1993
Fifty Cents 1994 International Year of the Family Fifty Cents 1995 50th Anniversary of the End of WW2 Fifty Cents 1996 Fifty Cents 1997 Fifty Cents 1998 Bass and Flinders Fifty Cents 1999
Fifty Cents 2000 Millennium Fifty Cents 2000 Royal Visit Fifty Cents 2001 Centenary of Federation - Australia Fifty Cents 2001 Centenary of Federation - Australian Capital Territory Fifty Cents 2001 Centenary of Federation - New South Wales Fifty Cents 2001 Centenary of Federation - Norfolk Island
Fifty Cents 2001 Centenary of Federation - Northern Territory Fifty Cents 2001 Centenary of Federation - Queensland Fifty Cents 2001 Centenary of Federation - South Australia Fifty Cents 2001 Centenary of Federation - Tasmania Fifty Cents 2001 Centenary of Federation - Victoria Fifty Cents 2001 Centenary of Federation - Western Australia
Fifty Cents 2002 Year of the Outback Fifty Cents 2003 Volunteers Fifty Cents 2004 Fifty Cents 2004 Primary School design Fifty Cents 2005 (PNC only) Fifty Cents 2005 60th Anniversary of the end of WWII
Fifty Cents 2005 Commonwealth Games Fifty Cents 2006 Fifty Cents 2007 Fifty Cents 2008 Fifty Cents 2009 Fifty Cents 2010
Fifty Cents 2010 Australia Day Fifty Cents 2011 Fifty Cents 2012 Fifty Cents 2013 Fifty Cents 2014 AIATSIS Fifty Cents 2014
Fifty Cents 2015 Fifty Cents 2016 Fifty Cents 2016 Changeover Fifty Cents 2017 Fifty Cents 2017 Mabo Fifty Cents 2018