Fifty Cents 2020 Year of the Rat, Coin from Australia - detailed information

Fifty Cents 2020 Year of the Rat, Coin from Australia
CoinFifty Cents 2020 Year of the Rat

The Australian 50 cent denomination is a large dodecagonal (12-sided) copper-nickel circulating coin; apart from the usual design featuring the Australian Coat of Arms (by Stuart Devlin) which has not been changed since its introduction, the denomination is also often used to issue circulating commemorative coins with various reverses. It is one of the heaviest coins in regular circulation in the world.

Apart from the circulating coinage, the Royal Australian Mint has an extensive program issuing 50 cent coins for collectors (Non-Circulating Legal Tender, or NCLT). Most of them share the same specifications with the circulating coins. However, some of them are 14-sided (a Tetra-Decagon) and are not compatible with the circulating coinage.

This coin was issued as part of coin series marking the Chinese Year of the Rat (25 January 2020 - 11 February 2021).

The coins were issued in Brilliant Uncirculated grade, in a red presentation card.

MintRoyal Australian Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintageunknown
Obverse
Australia / Fifty Cents 2020 Year of the Rat - 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The Queen also wears the Coronation Necklace; originally made for Queen Victoria in 1858, it was also worn at the coronations (as Queen's Consort) of Queen Alexandra in 1902, Queen Mary in 1911 and Queen Elizabeth (the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 Year of the Rat - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin shows at its centre a rat walking on a forking branch of a tree, with leaves and blossoms in the foreground.

Below right, the Chinese character for "rat" . The the left, the face value 50 [cents].

The designer's initials TD (for Tony Dean) are below left.

Reverse Inscription 50 鼠
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

The coin design was approved by The Treasury in acts compiled in Currency (Australian Coins) Determination 2019 on 11 September 2020.

See also

Year of the Rat 2020 coins issued by RAM include:
- Gold Five Ounces, Year of the Rat 2020
- Gold Ounce, Two Rats, Fourth Portrait, Year of the Rat 2020
- Gold Ounce, Domed, Year of the Rat 2020
- Gold Ounce, Year of the Rat 2020
- Gold Quarter Ounce, Two Rats, Fourth Portrait, Year of the Rat 2020
- Gold Twentieth-Ounce, Two Rats, Fourth Portrait, Year of the Rat 2020
- Silver Ounce ($5), Domed, Year of the Rat 2020
- Silver Ounce ($1), Year of the Rat 2020
- Silver Half Ounce, Rectangular Ingot, Year of the Rat 2020
- $1 Year of the Rat, Aluminium Bronze, Year of the Rat 2020
- $1 Good Luck, Aluminium Bronze, Year of the Rat 2020
- 50 Cents, Copper-Nickel, Year of the Rat 2020

All (20) 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 2022 Year of the Tiger unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2022
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Fifty Cents 2020 Year of the Rat: Details
CountryAustralia
CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Coin TypeFifty Cents, Tetra-Decagon
Issued2020
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Australian version)
Face Value50 (x Cent)
Mintageunknown
CurrentYes
MaterialCuproNickel
DesignerTony Dean
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeFourteen sides
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size31.810 mm
Thickness3.000 mm
Mass15.370 g
OCC IDWMRA-EQPC-QZWM-OYPL
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