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 Mintageunknown
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 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 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 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 in the AC/DC series include:
- Silver Ounce, 2021
- $5 Black Triangle, 2018
- 50 Cents Coloured, 2018
- 20 Cents AC/DC, 2021
- 20 Cents High Voltage, 2020
- 20 Cents T.N.T., 2020
- 20 Cents Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, 2021
- 20 Cents Back in Black, 2020
- 20 Cents For Those About to Rock, 2021
- 20 Cents Ballbreaker, 2020

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 (20) 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 (NCLT) 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 2016 Silver 7,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2016
Fifty Cents 2018 AC/DC unknown 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 - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2020
Fifty Cents 2020 Possum Magic unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2020
Fifty Cents 2020 Afghan Cameleers unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2020
Fifty Cents 2020 Christmas Decoration unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2020 · 50 CENTS ·
Fifty Cents 2021 Year of the Ox unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2021
Fifty Cents 2022 Year of the Tiger unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2022
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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)
Mintageunknown
Mintage Limit30,000
CurrentYes
MaterialCuproNickel
DesignerAaron Baggio
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeDodecagon - twelve sides
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size31.650 mm
Mass15.550 g
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