Fifty Cents 2020 Possum Magic, Coin from Australia - detailed information

Fifty Cents 2020 Possum Magic, Coin from Australia
CoinFifty Cents 2020 Possum Magic

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 2020 called Possum Magic 2020 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 Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintageunknown
Obverse
Australia / Fifty Cents 2020 Possum Magic - obverse photo

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The Queen also wears the Coronation Necklace; originally made for Queen Victoria in 1858, it was also worn at the coronations (as Queen's Consort) of Queen Alexandra in 1902, Queen Mary in 1911 and Queen Elizabeth (the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 is "uncouped" (includes the Queen's shoulders) and extends almost to the rim of the coin; consequently, the legend does not run continuously around the rim.

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.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2020
Reverse
Australia / Fifty Cents 2020 Possum Magic - 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
Fifty Cents 2020 Possum Magic: Known varieties
Variety In mint sets
Images Australia / Fifty Cents 2020 Possum Magic / In mint sets - obverse photo Australia / Fifty Cents 2020 Possum Magic / In mint sets - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: unknown
Details

Brilliant Unirculated coins in RAM mint sets.

In Set Possum Magic Uncirculated Baby Set - 2020 Six Coin Uncirculated Year Set, mintage unknown
6 coins: $2 Aboriginal Elder, $1 Mob of Roos, 50 cents Possum Magic, 20 cents, 10 cents, 5 cents
Variety Proof FDC, Coloured
Images Australia / Fifty Cents 2020 Possum Magic / Proof FDC, Coloured - obverse photo Australia / Fifty Cents 2020 Possum Magic / Proof FDC, Coloured - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: unknown
Details

Proof coins with coloured reverse, in RAM mint sets.

In Set Possum Magic Proof Baby Set - 2020 Six Coin proof Year Set, mintage unknown
6 coins: $2 Aboriginal Elder, $1 Mob of Roos, 50 Cents Possum Magic, 20 Cents, 10 Cents, 5 Cents
All (23) coins of 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 II - Portrait by Gottwald ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2010
Fifty Cents 2016 Silver 7,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2016
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 II - 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 - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2020
Fifty Cents 2020 Possum Magic unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2020
Fifty Cents 2020 Afghan Cameleers unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2020
Fifty Cents 2020 Christmas Decoration unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2020 · 50 CENTS ·
Fifty Cents 2021 Year of the Ox unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2021
Fifty Cents 2021 Battle of Long Khanh 27,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2021
Fifty Cents 2021 Battle of Nui Le 34,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2021
Fifty Cents 2021 Christmas Decoration unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2021
Fifty Cents 2022 Year of the Tiger unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2022
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Fifty Cents 2020 Possum Magic: Details
CountryAustralia
CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Coin TypeFifty Cents (NCLT)
Issued2020
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Australian version)
Face Value50 (x Cent)
Mintageunknown
CurrentYes
MaterialCuproNickel
DesignerJulie Vivas
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeDodecagon - twelve sides
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size31.650 mm
Mass15.550 g
OCC IDWMRA-OQPC-QZJD-EYPL
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