|Coin||Fifty 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.
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.
The reverse of the coin shows the 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 stylised wattle leaves.
The artist's initials SD (for Stuart Devlin) are in tiny letters in the field below the numerals.
|Issued in Set|
|50th Anniversary of the Dodecagon 50c Coin, mintage unknown
5 coins: 50 Cents 2019, Machin Effigy, gold-plated, 50 Cents 2019, Maklouf Effigy, 50 Cents 2019, Rank-Broadley Effigy, 50 Cents 2019, Gottwald Effigy, 50 Cents 2019, Jody Clark Effigy