Fifty Cents 2010 (Gold, Gottwald Portrait), Coin from Australia - detailed information

Fifty Cents 2010 (Gold, Gottwald Portrait), Coin from Australia
CoinFifty Cents 2010 (Gold, Gottwald 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, 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.

In 2010, the Royal Australian Mint produced - apart from the regular brilliant uncirculated, proof and silver proof coin sets - a commemorative gold coin set, the 2010 Gold Proof Set - Australian Numismatic Centenary. Unlike the other sets - which feature the regular effigy of the Queen by Ian Rank-Broadley, which was in circulation in Australia at the time - the coins in the gold set have her effigy by Vladimir Gottwald.

It is a uniquely Australian effigy, designed exclusively for the Royal Australian Mint, by its world renowned designer - Vladimir Gottwald. Acting on a worldwide invitation from Buckingham Palace in 1999, to design a more modern effigy of Queen Elizabeth II, Vladimir Gottwald’s design was eventually selected to honour Her Majesty’s royal visit of 2000 on a commemorative 50c coin.

The 6-coin set contains 5 cents, 10 cents, 20 cents, 50 cents, $1 and $2 coins - all with the Queen's portrait by Vladimir Gottwald.

The coins are made of 99.99% gold. No coins of this type were released into circulation.

MintRoyal Australian Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage500

Crowned head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (by Vladimir Gottwald). 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 Ian Rank-Broadley portraits, and the King Faisal of Saudi Arabia Necklace.

A small G in a circle under the portrait represents the artist's initial.

Around the effigy is the monarch's legend and the date: ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2010.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2010

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
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone

The 6-coin set, Royal Australian Mint Product Code 803400, was announced in February 2010, at issue price of A$6,995.00. The coins are housed in a finely crafted wooden case, with an engraved plaque indicating the mintage number.

All (12) Coins of Country: Australia, Type: Fifty Cents (NCLT)
Fifty Cents 2010 (Gold, Gottwald Portrait): Details
CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Coin TypeFifty Cents (NCLT)
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth - Portrait by Vladimir Gottwald
Face Value50 (x Cent)
Total Mintage500
Material0.9999 Gold
DesignerStuart Devlin
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeDodecagon - twelve sides
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size31.510 mm
Mass33.630 g
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