Fifty Cents 2018 AC/DC, Coin from Australia - detailed information

Fifty Cents 2018 AC/DC, Coin from Australia
CoinFifty Cents 2018 AC/DC

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.

This coin was released to commemorate the 45th anniversary of world-famous Australian rock music band AC/DC.

AC/DC was formed in Sydney in 1973 by Scottish-born brothers Malcolm and Angus Young. Although their music has been variously described as hard rock, blues rock, and heavy metal, the band themselves call it simply "rock and roll".

The coins were released in Brilliant Uncirculated grade, in a blister card. No coins of this type were released into circulation.

MintRoyal Australian Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage30,000
Obverse
Australia / Fifty Cents 2018 AC/DC - 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 2018.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2018
Reverse
Australia / Fifty Cents 2018 AC/DC - reverse photo

The reverse features at its centre the lead guitarist Angus Young - with horns and a demon’s tail, playing the guitar in his typical energetic manner.

Around, a decorative circle with a stylised representations of wings; above that, a ribbon containing the inscription 1973 - 2018.

Around above, 45 YEARS OF THUNDER. Below, the logo of AC↯DC/b> with the iconic thunderbolt separating AC and DC. To the left and to the right, two yellow thunderbolts.

Around below, the value and denomination FIFTY CENTS.

Reverse Inscription 45 YEARS OF THUNDER 1973 - 2018 AC↯DC FIFTY CENTS
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

The coin designs were approved by the Assistant Minister to the Treasurer in Currency (Royal Australian Mint) Determination (No. 2) 2018 on 24 April 2018 and were released on 2 October 2018.

See also

Coins featuring AC/DC have been issued for different countries (ordered by year / metal / size):
- 2 oz Silver Coloured, AC/DC - Black Ice, Cook Islands 2018
- $5 (22 g) Silver Triangle Black Coloured Proof, AC/DC, Australia 2018
- 1/2 oz Silver Coloured, AC/DC - High Voltage, Cook Islands 2018
- 1/2 oz Silver Coloured, AC/DC - Highway to Hell, Cook Islands 2018
- 50 Cents Copper-Nickel Coloured, AC/DC, Australia 2018
- 0.1 g Gold Coloured Coin Note, AC/DC - Angus Buck, Cook Islands 2019
- 2 oz Silver Coloured, AC/DC - The Razors Edge, Cook Islands 2019
- 1/2 oz Silver Coloured, AC/DC - For Those About to Rock, Cook Islands 2019
- 1/4 oz Silver Antique, Guitar Pick Shape, AC/DC, Cook Islands 2019
- 20 Cents Copper-Nickel Coloured, AC/DC - High Voltage, Australia 2020
- 20 Cents Copper-Nickel Coloured, AC/DC - T.N.T., Australia 2020
- 20 Cents Copper-Nickel Coloured, AC/DC - Back in Black, Australia 2020
- 20 Cents Copper-Nickel Coloured, AC/DC - Ballbreaker, Australia 2020
- 1 oz Silver Frosted Uncirculated, AC/DC, Australia 2021
- 20 Cents Copper-Nickel Coloured, AC/DC Logo, Australia 2021
- 20 Cents Copper-Nickel Coloured, AC/DC - Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, Australia 2021
- 20 Cents Copper-Nickel Coloured, AC/DC - For Those About to Rock, Australia 2021
- 20 Cents Copper-Nickel Coloured, AC/DC - Let There Be Rock, Australia 2022
- 1 oz Silver, AC/DC, Australia 2023
- 50 Cents Copper-Nickel Coloured (with silver version), AC/DC, Australia 2023
- 20 Cents Copper-Nickel Coloured, AC/DC Logo, Australia 2023
- 20 Cents Copper-Nickel Coloured, AC/DC - Powerage, Australia 2023
- 20 Cents Copper-Nickel Coloured, AC/DC - Flick of the Switch, Australia 2023
- 20 Cents Copper-Nickel Coloured, AC/DC - Blow Up Your Video, Australia 2023
- 20 Cents Copper-Nickel Coloured, AC/DC - Black Ice, Australia 2023

Fifty Cents 2018 AC/DC: Known varieties
Variety Thunderstruck
Mintage Issued: 10 (included in total). Rarity: R5 (9 to 14 examples known)
Details

In the spirit of AC/DC and their hit single "Thunderstruck", the Mint partnered with Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre to strike its AC/DC coins with a bolt of man-made lightning.

The experiment was conducted in the Caged Lightning exhibition at Questacon, which produces lightning using a Tesla coil. Ten AC/DC 50 cent pieces, appropriately featuring the famous high voltage logos and design elements from AC/DC albums, were "Thunderstruck" with 3,500,000 volts of lightning.

“The Mint thought that such an iconic band deserved high voltage coins and an electrifying launch to match. We were not sure what effect the lightning would have on the coins, but we discovered that because the coins are such excellent conductors of electricity, the lightning’s mark is only visible under magnification.”

Ten of the 30,000 coins were "Thunderstruck" and were randomly sent to ten customers who purchased the coin online. To help identify them, the mint applied frosting to the AC/DC logo.

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 2018 AC/DC: Details
CountryAustralia
CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Coin TypeFifty Cents, NCLT
Issued2018
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value50 (x Cent)
Total Mintage30,000
Mintage Limit30,000
CurrentYes
MaterialCuproNickel
DesignerAaron Baggio
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeDodecagon - twelve sides
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size31.6500 mm
Mass15.5500 g
OCC IDRMKG-OZAC-BVMV-ENXQ
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