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Fifty Cents 2019 (Gottwald Portrait), Coin from Australia
CoinFifty Cents 2019 (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.

This coin was part of the five-coin mint set called 50th Anniversary of the 50c Coin (marking 50 years of the dodecagonal coin; the 1966 50 cents coin was round and made of silver). The set - with a mintage of 20,000 - features five 50-cent coins with identical reverses (the Australian Coat of Arms design), and five different obverses using each of the effigies of Queen Elizabeth II that have been in circulation in Australia on its decimal currency.

The first coin in the set is gold-plated and has the Queen's Second Portrait by Arnold Machin, used in Australia between 1966 and 1984.

The second coin has the Queen's Third Portrait by Raphael David Maklouf, used in Australia between 1985 and 1998.

The third coin has the Queen's Fourth Portrait by Ian Rank Broadley, used in Australia between 1999 and 2019 (this coin was also issued for circulation).

This fourth coin has the Queen's Gottwald portrait by Australian artist Vladimir Gottwald which was only used once for a circulation coin, on the 50 Cents commemorative coin for the 2000 Royal Visit.

The fifth coin has the Queen's Fifth Portrait by Jody Clark, which was introduced in Australia in 2019 (this coin was also issued for circulation).

There is no coin in the set representing Mary Gillick's First Portrait of the Queen, which was used in Australia between 1953 and 1964 on the pre-decimal currency.

MintRoyal Australian Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage20,000
Australia / Fifty Cents 2019 (Gottwald Portrait) - obverse photo

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 2019.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2019
Australia / Fifty Cents 2019 (Gottwald Portrait) - reverse photo

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 coin is made of copper-nickel, in "brilliant uncirculated" finish.

Mint set: 50th Anniversary of the Dodecagon 50c Coin 2019 50c Uncirculated Five-Coin Set, Royal Australian Mint Product Code: 10211, issue price: A$65.00, mintage limit: 20,000.

From the Royal Australian Mint:
"In 2019, the Royal Australian Mint commemorates the 50th anniversary of the familiar twelve-sided fifty cent coin, Australia’s most distinctive decimal coin, which replaced the round 1966 50c piece. This commemorative five coin set showcases each of the five effigies of the Queen that featured on the coins since 1969, and includes a special release gold plated coin to mark its golden anniversary. A significant collectible set, ideal for numismatists."

All (12) Coins of Country: Australia, Type: Fifty Cents (NCLT)
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Fifty Cents 2019 (Gottwald Portrait): Details
CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Coin TypeFifty Cents (NCLT)
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth - Portrait by Vladimir Gottwald
Face Value50 (x Cent)
Total Mintage20,000
DesignerStuart Devlin
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeDodecagon - twelve sides
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size31.650 mm
Mass15.550 g
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Fifty Cents 2019 (Gottwald Portrait): Photos
2019 50c Uncirculated Five Coin Set with a Gold Plated Coin
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Notes: Mint set packaging.
50 Cents 2019 Gottwald Effigy
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50 Cents 2019 Gottwald Effigy
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