|Coin||Fifty 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.
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 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.
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.
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].
||POSSUM MAGIC 50