Fifty Cents 2006 (Silver, Second Portrait), Coin from Australia - detailed information

Fifty Cents 2006 (Silver, Second Portrait), Coin from Australia
CoinFifty Cents 2006 (Silver, Second Portrait)

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 (by Stuart Devlin) which has not been changed since its introduction, the denomination is also often used to issue circulating commemorative coins with various reverses. It is one of the heaviest coins in regular circulation in the world.

Apart from the circulating coinage, the Royal Australian Mint has an extensive program issuing 50 cent coins for collectors (Non-Circulating Legal Tender, or NCLT). Some of them - such as this one - are round, as reference to the original format of the denomination.

In 2006, the Royal Australian Mint produced some for mint sets (brilliant uncirculated coins and proofs), celebrating the 40th anniversary of the decimal currency. The silver proofs (only) have Her Majesty's "Second Portrait" (by Arnold Machin), which was last used in Australia in 1984.

The 8-coin Fine Silver Proof 2006 Year Set contains 1 cent, 2 cents, 5 cents, 10 cents, 20 cents, 50 cents (round), $1 and $2 coins - all with the Queen's Second Portrait by Arnold Machin, as the initial decimal coins released in 1966.

This 50 cent coin is a re-issue of the original 1966 issue - not only in that it has the same effigy of the Queen, but also because it has the round shape of the original.

The coins were made of 99.9% silver. No coins of this type were released into circulation.

MintRoyal Australian Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage5,829

Crowned and draped young bust of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (effigy known as the "Second Portrait", by Arnold Machin).

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 Rank-Broadley and the Gottwald portraits.

Around, the monarch's legend and the date: ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2006.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2006

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 Inscription 50
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone

Mintage figure includes 4,597 coins minted in the 2005/2006 financial year (ending 30 June), and 1,232 minted in 2006/2007 (out of an initially announced mintage limit of 6,500).

Sources of original information:

Royal Australian Mint, Annual Report 2005 - 2006 (2006), p88. Retrieved from (PDF)
Royal Australian Mint, Annual Report 2006 - 2007 (2007), p86. Retrieved from (PDF)

Fifty Cents 2006 (Silver, Second Portrait): References to Information Used
Royal Australian Mint 2006, 2007 Mint link
Royal Australian Mint 2006, 2007 Mintage link
Royal Australian Mint 02 October 2006 Composition link
All (12) Coins of Country: Australia, Type: Fifty Cents (NCLT)
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Fifty Cents 2006 (Silver, Second Portrait): Details
CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Coin TypeFifty Cents (Round, NCLT)
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait, by Arnold Machin
Face Value50 (x Cent)
Total Mintage5,829
Material0.999 Silver
DesignerStuart Devlin
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size31.650 mm
Mass15.550 g
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