Fifty Cents 2020 Christmas Decoration, Coin from Australia - detailed information

Fifty Cents 2020 Christmas Decoration, Coin from Australia
CoinFifty Cents 2020 Christmas Decoration

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 Royal Australian Mint's second special Christmas coin. The coin comes in a beautiful gift card that pops out - transforming the coin into a hanging decoration.

The Mint says:
"Inspired by Australia’s official floral emblem - golden wattle, this coin is bursting with joy and festive sparkle."

The coins were only issued carded (in a purple, green, yellow, white or blue card), Royal Australian Mint Product Code: 10575, 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 2020 Christmas Decoration - obverse photo

Effigy of the ruling monarch, legend, date.

The obverse of the coin depicts the crowned old bust of Queen Elizabeth II facing right, wearing the Royal Diamond Diadem crown worn for her Coronation (effigy known as the "Fifth Portrait" worldwide but "Sixth Portrait" in Australia, where the Queen's portrait by Vladimir Gottwald was fifth).

The Queen also wears the Coronation Necklace; originally made for Queen Victoria in 1858, it was also worn at the coronations (as Queen's Consort) of Queen Alexandra in 1902, Queen Mary in 1911 and Queen Elizabeth (the Queen mother) in 1937.

Unlike on British coinage, the effigy includes the Queen's shoulders. On regular circulating coins it extends almost to the rim of the coin. Consequently, on them the legend does not run continuously around the rim. On commemorative coins the effigy is smaller and the value and denomination are below.

The artist's initials JC (for Jody Clark) are incuse in tiny letters in the left field of the effigy (on the Queen's right shoulder, near the rim).

Around the effigy is the monarch's legend and the date: ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2020 · 50 CENTS ·.

The value and denomination · 50 CENTS · are around below.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2020 · 50 CENTS ·
Reverse
Australia / Fifty Cents 2020 Christmas Decoration - reverse photo

The reverse design features a highly decorative stylised representation of wattle flowers, leaves and pollen in an arrangement reminding of a Christmas tree decoration.

The designer's initials AS (for Aleksandra Stokic) are high on the right side.

There is no inscription. The value, denomination and date of issue are on the obverse.

Reverse Inscription (none)
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

The coin designs were approved by the Assistant Minister for Treasury and Finance in Currency (Royal Australian Mint) Determination (No. 3) 2020 on 30 June 2020.

All (18) Coins of Country: Australia, Type: Fifty Cents (NCLT)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Fifty Cents 1998 (Silver, Crown) 15,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1998 · FIFTY CENTS ·
Fifty Cents 1999 (Silver, Sixpence) 15,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1999 · FIFTY CENTS ·
Fifty Cents 2000 (Silver, King George VI) 10,412 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2000 · FIFTY CENTS ·
Fifty Cents 2002 Accession Golden Jubilee (NCLT) 32,102 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2002
Fifty Cents 2003 Coronation Golden Jubilee (NCLT) 65,003 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2003
Fifty Cents 2006 (Silver, Second Portrait) 5,829 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2006
Fifty Cents 2010 (Gold, Gottwald Portrait) 500 Queen Elizabeth - Portrait by Gottwald ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2010
Fifty Cents 2018 AC/DC unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2018
Fifty Cents 2019 Possum Magic unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2019
Fifty Cents 2019 (Second Portrait) 20,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2019
Fifty Cents 2019 (Third Portrait) 20,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2019
Fifty Cents 2019 (Gottwald Portrait) 20,000 Queen Elizabeth - Portrait by Gottwald ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2019
Fifty Cents 2019 Christmas Decoration unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2019
Fifty Cents 2020 Year of the Rat unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2020
Fifty Cents 2020 Possum Magic unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2020
Fifty Cents 2020 Afghan Cameleers unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2020
Fifty Cents 2020 Christmas Decoration unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2020 · 50 CENTS ·
Fifty Cents 2021 Year of the Ox unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2021
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Fifty Cents 2020 Christmas Decoration: Details
CountryAustralia
CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Coin TypeFifty Cents (NCLT)
Issued2020
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait)
Face Value50 (x Cent)
Mintageunknown
CurrentYes
MaterialCuproNickel
DesignerAleksandra Stokic
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeDodecagon - twelve sides
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size31.650 mm
Mass15.550 g
OCC IDNXYD-ONZC-PYLB-OVRB
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