Fifty Cents 2021 Battle of Nui Le, Coin from Australia - detailed information

Fifty Cents 2021 Battle of Nui Le, Coin from Australia
CoinFifty Cents 2021 Battle of Nui Le

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 to commemorate 50 years since the Battle of Nui Le.

The Battle of Núi Lé (21 September 1971) was the last major battle fought by Australian and New Zealand forces in South Vietnam. The battle was fought in the former Phước Tuy Province between elements of the People's Army of Vietnam (PAVN) 33rd Regiment and B and D Companies of the 4RAR/NZ (ANZAC) Battalion. The five killed in action were the last Australian soldiers to die in combat in Vietnam.

No coins of this type were released into circulation.

MintRoyal Australian Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage34,500
Obverse
Australia / Fifty Cents 2021 Battle of Nui Le - 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The Queen also wears the Coronation Necklace; originally made for Queen Victoria in 1858, it was also worn at the coronations (as Queen's Consort) of Queen Alexandra in 1902, Queen Mary in 1911 and Queen Elizabeth (the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 2021.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2021
Reverse
Australia / Fifty Cents 2021 Battle of Nui Le - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin shows a representation of the Battle of Núi Lé (Nui Le), and depicts Australian soldiers carrying a body on a stretcher into a helicopter (a Bell UH-1 Iroquois, also known as a “Huey”), with another soldier kneeling and aiming a rifle on the right. In the background, bamboo on the left and artillery explosions on the right. Above, a McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II aircraft.

The designer's logo, a stylised A over B (for Aaron Baggio) is below right, in front of the kneeling soldier.

Two lines, one vertical and one horizontal, meet below right in the manner of a sniper's "cross hairs". Vertically above right, next to the vertical line, YS 513857, which is the map grid reference to the site of the Battle of Núi Lé.

Above left, the value 50 [cents]. On two lines below, the inscription The BATTLE of NUI LE.

Reverse Inscription 50 The BATTLE of NUI LE YS 513857
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: Brilliant Uncirculated.
Packaging: in presentation card.
RAM Product Code: 10703.
Date of issue: 6 September 2021.
Issue price: AU$ 10.00.

The coin design was approved by the Assistant Treasurer in Currency (Australian Coins) Amendment (2021 Royal Australian Mint No. 1) Determination 2021 on 17 March 2021.

Fifty Cents 2021 Battle of Nui Le: Known varieties
Variety In PNC
Mintage Issued: 7,000 (included in total). Mintage limit: 7,000
Details

In Philatelic Numismatic Cover (PNC), postmarked Canberra 2601 on the first day of issue, 21 September 2021.

RAM Product Code: 70195. Issue price: AU$ 17.95.

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 2021 Battle of Nui Le: Details
CountryAustralia
CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Coin TypeFifty Cents, Tetra-Decagon
Issued2021
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Australian version)
Face Value50 (x Cent)
Total Mintage34,500
CurrentYes
MaterialCuproNickel
DesignerAaron Baggio
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeFourteen sides
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size31.810 mm
Thickness3.000 mm
Mass15.370 g
OCC IDMXKD-EKQC-DDAZ-EWQJ
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