Fifty Cents 2017 Year of the Rooster, Coin from Australia - detailed information

Fifty Cents 2017 Year of the Rooster, Coin from Australia
CoinFifty Cents 2017 Year of the Rooster

The Australian 50 cent denomination is a large dodecagonal (12-sided) copper-nickel circulating 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). Most of them share the same specifications with the circulating coins. However, some of them are 14-sided (a Tetra-Decagon) and are not compatible with the circulating coinage.

This coin was issued as part of the Lunar Series of coins to mark the 2017 Chinese Year of the Rooster (28 January 2017 - 15 February 2018).

The Mint says:
The Chinese Zodiac, Sheng Xiao, has its basis in a twelve-year cycle. Each year is represented by one of twelve animals with unique personality traits, with these characteristics being passed on to people born in that year. In 2017, the Lunar Year of the Rooster will see the births of many people who are said to be focused on their duties and attentive to fine details while being sensitive to their friends and families.

The Chinese Lunar Calendar also rotates through the elements of earth, fire, water, metal and wood as part of a larger 60 year cycle. The fire roosters born this year will also be deep thinkers who enjoy a life of luxury.

At many Chinese celebrations, holidays and special events, monetary gifts are given to wish hope and prosperity to younger people. These offerings are traditionally given in red envelopes, a colour which both symbolises good luck and wards off evil forces.

MintRoyal Australian Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintageunknown
Obverse
Australia / Fifty Cents 2017 Year of the Rooster - obverse photo

The obverse shows the crowned mature head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (her 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 small 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 2017.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2017
Reverse
Australia / Fifty Cents 2017 Year of the Rooster - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin shows at its centre a walking rooster, with bamboo in the background.

Above, the face value 50 [cents]. On the left, the Chinese character for rooster, .

Reverse Inscription 50 鷄
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: Brilliant Uncirculated.
Packaging, in a red presentation card.

See also

Year of the Rooster 2017 coins issued by RAM include:
- 1 oz Gold Bullion ($100), Year of the Rooster, 2017
- 1/2 oz Gold Bullion ($50), Year of the Rooster, 2017
- 1/4 oz Gold Bullion ($25), Year of the Rooster, 2017
- 1/10 oz Gold Bullion ($15), Year of the Rooster, 2017
- 1/10 oz Gold Proof ($10), Year of the Rooster, 2017
- 1/20 oz Gold Bullion ($5), Year of the Rooster, 2017
- 1 kg Silver Proof ($30), Year of the Rooster, 2017
- 5 oz Silver Proof ($10), Year of the Rooster, 2017
- 1 oz Silver Bullion ($1), Year of the Rooster, 2017
- 1 oz Silver Proof ($1), Year of the Rooster, 2017
- $1 Aluminium Bronze (with silver proof version), Year of the Rooster, 2017
- 50 Cents, Copper-Nickel, Year of the Rooster, 2017

Fifty Cents 2017 Year of the Rooster: Known varieties
Variety Gold Plated
Mintage Issued: unknown. Mintage limit: 5,000
Details

Special edition for the World Money Fair in Berlin. In red blister card.

All (59) coins of type: Fifty Cents, NCLT
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Fifty Cents 1998 (Silver, Crown) 15,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1998 · FIFTY CENTS ·
Fifty Cents 1999 (Silver, Sixpence) 15,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1999 · FIFTY CENTS ·
Fifty Cents 2000 (Silver, King George VI) 10,412 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2000 · FIFTY CENTS ·
Fifty Cents 2002 Accession Golden Jubilee 32,102 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2002
Fifty Cents 2003 Coronation Golden Jubilee (NCLT) 65,003 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2003
Fifty Cents 2006 (Silver, Second Portrait) 5,829 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2006
Fifty Cents 2010 (Gold, Gottwald Portrait) 500 Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Gottwald ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2010
Fifty Cents 2015 Royal Australian Mint Anniversary unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2015
Fifty Cents 2016 Round 21,966 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2016
Fifty Cents 2017 Year of the Rooster unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2017
Fifty Cents 2018 Possum Magic unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2018
Fifty Cents 2018 AC/DC 30,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2018
Fifty Cents 2019 Possum Magic unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2019
Fifty Cents 2019 (Second Portrait) 20,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2019
Fifty Cents 2019 (Third Portrait) 20,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2019
Fifty Cents 2019, Gottwald Portrait 20,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Gottwald ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2019
Fifty Cents 2019 Christmas Decoration unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2019
Fifty Cents 2020 Year of the Rat unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2020
Fifty Cents 2020 Possum Magic unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2020
Fifty Cents 2020 Skippy The Bush Kangaroo 20,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2020
Fifty Cents 2020 Afghan Cameleers unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2020
Fifty Cents 2020 Indian Pacific unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2020
Fifty Cents 2020 Banjo Paterson - Waltzing Matilda unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2020
Fifty Cents 2020 Banjo Paterson - The Man from Snowy River unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2020
Fifty Cents 2020 Banjo Paterson - Clancy of the Overflow unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2020
Fifty Cents 2020 Christmas Decoration unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2020 · 50 CENTS ·
Fifty Cents 2021 Year of the Ox unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2021
Fifty Cents 2021 Battle of Long Khanh 27,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2021
Fifty Cents 2021 Battle of Nui Le 34,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2021
Fifty Cents 2021 Christmas Decoration unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2021
Fifty Cents 2022 Year of the Tiger unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2022
Fifty Cents 2022 Kangaroo and Emu Toys unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2022
Fifty Cents 2022 Platinum Jubilee 70,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2022 · 50 CENTS ·
Fifty Cents 2022 Tamworth Country Music Festival 30,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2022 · 50 CENTS ·
Fifty Cents 2022 Steam Power - Commonwealth Railways 20,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2022 · 50 CENTS ·
Fifty Cents 2022 Steam Power - NSW South Maitland Railways 20,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2022 · 50 CENTS ·
Fifty Cents 2022 Steam Power - Queensland Rail 20,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2022 · 50 CENTS ·
Fifty Cents 2022 Steam Power - SA Railways 20,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2022 · 50 CENTS ·
Fifty Cents 2022 Steam Power - Tasmania 20,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2022 · 50 CENTS ·
Fifty Cents 2022 Steam Power - Victorian Railways 20,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2022 · 50 CENTS ·
Fifty Cents 2022 Steam Power - WA Railways 20,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2022 · 50 CENTS ·
Fifty Cents 2022 Henry Lawson - The Drover's Wife 40,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2022
Fifty Cents 2022 Henry Lawson - The Loaded Dog 40,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2022
Fifty Cents 2022 Henry Lawson - On the Edge of a Plain 40,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2022
Fifty Cents 2022 Commonwealth Games 20,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2022 · 50 CENTS ·
Fifty Cents 2022 Australian Signals Directorate 50,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2022 · 50 CENTS ·
Fifty Cents 2022 Christmas Decoration - Christmas Beetles unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2022 · 50 CENTS ·
Fifty Cents 2023 Year of the Rabbit unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2023
Fifty Cents 2023 Kangaroo and Emu Toys unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2023
Fifty Cents 2023 Australian Antarctic Territory - Emperor Penguin 25,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II 1952 - 2022 · AUSTRALIA 2023 · 50 CENTS ·
Fifty Cents 2023 Australian Antarctic Territory - Humpback Whale 25,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II 1952 - 2022 · AUSTRALIA 2023 · 50 CENTS ·
Fifty Cents 2023 Sydney Opera House 50,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II 1952 - 2022 · AUSTRALIA 2023 · 50 CENTS ·
Fifty Cents 2023 Bathurst 40,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II 1952 - 2022 · AUSTRALIA 2023 · 50 CENTS ·
Fifty Cents 2023 AC/DC 30,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II 1952 - 2022 · AUSTRALIA 2023
Fifty Cents 2023 Christmas Decoration - Festive Florals unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II 1952 - 2022 · AUSTRALIA 2023 · 50 CENTS ·
Fifty Cents 2023 Elizabeth Regina 25,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II 1952 - 2022 · AUSTRALIA 2023 · 50 CENTS ·
Fifty Cents 2024 Queen Elizabeth II 100,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II 1952 - 2022 · AUSTRALIA 2024
Fifty Cents 2024 Year of the Dragon unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II 1952 - 2002 · AUSTRALIA 2024 · 50 CENTS ·
Fifty Cents 2024 Kangaroo and Emu Toys unknown King Charles III - Portrait by Dan Thorne CHARLES III · AUSTRALIA 2024
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Fifty Cents 2017 Year of the Rooster: Details
CountryAustralia
CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Coin TypeFifty Cents, Tetra-Decagon
Issued2017
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value50 (x Dollar)
Mintageunknown
Mintage Limit50,000
CurrentYes
MaterialCuproNickel
DesignerStevan Stojanovic
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeFourteen sides
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size31.5100 mm
Thickness3.0000 mm
Mass15.3700 g
OCC IDRMKG-OZAC-LDBL-ENXQ
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Fifty Cents 2017 Year of the Rooster: Photos
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Fifty Cents 2017 Year of the Rooster: Photo 2017 50c Lunar Year Of The Rooster Tetra-Decagon Unc Coin / thumbnail 2017 50c Lunar Year Of The Rooster Tetra-Decagon Unc Coin
Copyright: Royal Australian Mint
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Fifty Cents 2017 Year of the Rooster: Photo 2017 50c Lunar Year Of The Rooster Tetra-Decagon Unc Coin / thumbnail 2017 50c Lunar Year Of The Rooster Tetra-Decagon Unc Coin
Copyright: Royal Australian Mint
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