Fifty Cents 2019 Possum Magic (NCLT), Coin from Australia - detailed information

Fifty Cents 2019 Possum Magic (NCLT), Coin from Australia
CoinFifty Cents 2019 Possum Magic (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.

The Royal Australian Mint also has a range of Non-Circulating Legal Tender (NCLT) 50 cent coins issued for collectors, such as this one.

This coin was issued as part of the six-coin annual baby sets for 2019 called Possum Magic 2019 Uncirculated/Proof Baby Coin Set and is dedicated to one of Australia’s most celebrated children’s books: Mem Fox’s Possum Magic. Its reverse features select illustrations from the book and is coloured in the proof version. The sets also include a colour printed token.

No coins of this type were released into circulation.

MintRoyal Australian Mint Mintageunknown
Obverse
Australia / Fifty Cents 2019 Possum Magic (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 Possum Magic (NCLT) - reverse photo

The reverse features a cartoon representation of characters from the book “Possum Magic” positioned over a branch extending across the coin horizontally. The design includes a koala hanging on to that branch. Grandma Poss - a possum - is wearing glasses, slippers and an apron with stars printed on it and is pouring multi-coloured irregular star shapes from her apron. Two possums are looking down at the falling stars.

Around above is the inscription POSSUM MAGIC. Below left, the value 50 [cents].

Reverse Inscription POSSUM MAGIC 50
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

The coin designs were approved by the Minister for Small Business in Currency (Royal Australian Mint) Determination (No. 2) 2017 on 18 April 2017 and were released on 3 December 2018.

The Explanatory Statement calls the coin 50c Copper and Nickel Coin - Possum Magic: Bush Magic.

Fifty Cents 2019 Possum Magic (NCLT): Known varieties
Variety Proof FDC Australia / Fifty Cents 2019 Possum Magic (NCLT) / Proof FDC - obverse photo Australia / Fifty Cents 2019 Possum Magic (NCLT) / Proof FDC - reverse photo
Mintage unknown
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Proof coins with coloured reverse, in mint set:

Possum Magic 2019 Proof Baby Coin Set, six coin proof set with a Possum Magic 50c coin instead of the Coat of Arms 50 cents. Royal Australian Mint Product Code: 10093, issue price: A$125.00

Variety In mint sets Australia / Fifty Cents 2019 Possum Magic (NCLT) / In mint sets - obverse photo Australia / Fifty Cents 2019 Possum Magic (NCLT) / In mint sets - reverse photo
Mintage unknown
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Brilliant Unirculated coins in mint set:

Possum Magic 2019 Uncirculated Baby Coin Set, six coin set with a Possum Magic 50c coin instead of the Coat of Arms 50 cents. Royal Australian Mint Product Code: 10092, issue price: A$45.00

Fifty Cents 2019 Possum Magic (NCLT): Details
CountryAustralia
CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Coin TypeFifty Cents (NCLT)
Issued2019
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyPortrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait)
Face Value50 (x Cent)
Mintageunknown
CurrentYes
MaterialCuproNickel
DesignerJulie Vivas
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeDodecagon - twelve sides
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size (mm)31.6500
Mass (g)15.5500
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Fifty Cents 2019 Possum Magic (NCLT): Photos
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Possum Magic Proof Baby Set
Copyright: Royal Australian Mint
Notes: Proof.
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Possum Magic Uncirculated Baby Set
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