Fifty Cents 2019 Christmas Decoration (NCLT), Coin from Australia - detailed information

Fifty Cents 2019 Christmas Decoration (NCLT), Coin from Australia
CoinFifty Cents 2019 Christmas Decoration (NCLT)

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 issued for the festive season and is the Mint's first special Christmas coin. Based on the classic carol The Twelve Days of Christmas, this stunning coin comes in a beautiful gift card that pops-out - transforming the coin into a hanging decoration.

The coins were only issued carded (in a red, orange, yellow, blue or green card), Royal Australian Mint Product Code: 10230, issue price: A$10.00.

No coins of this type were released into circulation.

MintRoyal Australian Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintageunknown
Obverse
Australia / Fifty Cents 2019 Christmas Decoration (NCLT) - obverse photo

Crowned mature head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (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 2019.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2019
Reverse
Australia / Fifty Cents 2019 Christmas Decoration (NCLT) - reverse photo

The reverse design features a radially symmetric ornamental pattern containing a stylised representation of the following (based on the verses of the Christmas carol):
- six partridges, each in a pear tree,
- twelve doves,
- twelve chickens,
- twelve singing birds,
- six rings,
- twelve geese, each in a nest,
- twelve swans,
- five buckets,
- twelve dancing ladies,
- twelve men leaping,
- twelve drums with drumsticks,
- twelve people, each playing a pipe.

Below right, the value 50 [cents]. The designer's BK (for Bronwyn King) are between the figures in the lower left part of the coin.

Reverse Inscription 50
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

The coin designs were approved by the Assistant Minister for Treasury and Finance in Currency (Royal Australian Mint) Determination (No. 2) 2019 on 26 Mart 2019.

All (12) Coins of Country: Australia, Type: Fifty Cents (NCLT)
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Fifty Cents 2019 Christmas Decoration (NCLT): Details
CountryAustralia
CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Coin TypeFifty Cents (NCLT)
Issued2019
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value50 (x Cent)
Total Mintageunknown
CurrentYes
MaterialCuproNickel
DesignerBronwyn King
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeDodecagon - twelve sides
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size31.650 mm
Mass15.550 g
OCC IDDKLM-OMKC-VKYP-ONZB
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