Fifty Cents 2021 Year of the Ox, Coin from Australia - detailed information

Fifty Cents 2021 Year of the Ox, Coin from Australia
CoinFifty Cents 2021 Year of the Ox

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 the Lunar Series of coins to mark the Chinese Year of the Ox (12 February 2021 - 31 January 2022).

The Mint says:
"The Royal Australian Mint wishes good fortune, hope and prosperity to all in 2021, the Lunar Year of the Ox. This tetra-decagon shaped coin honours the strong, open-minded and patient people who are born under the sign of the Ox, the second sign of Sheng Xiao, the Chinese Zodiac. This coin will be a valued collectible or a traditional gift for those who enjoy coins or celebrate Chinese New Year."

The coins were only issued carded, in Brilliant Uncirculated grade, Royal Australian Mint Product Code: 10487, issue price: A$12.50. They were released on 22 January 2021.

No coins of this type were released into circulation.

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The Queen also wears the Coronation Necklace; originally made for Queen Victoria in 1858, it was also worn at the coronations (as Queen's Consort) of Queen Alexandra in 1902, Queen Mary in 1911 and Queen Elizabeth (the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

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2021
Reverse
Australia / Fifty Cents 2021 Year of the Ox - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin shows an ox bull standing to right, with its head raised, under a tree with blossom.

To the right, the Chinese character for "ox" (pronounced niú under the Pinyin system).

Above left, the value 50 [cents].

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

Reverse Inscription 50 牛
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

The coin designs were approved by the Assistant Minister for Treasury and Finance in Currency (Australian Coins) Amendment (2020 Royal Australian Mint No. 2) Determination 2020 on 20 May 2020.

See also

Year of the Ox 2021 coins issued by RAM include:
- Gold Ounce, Domed
- Gold Ounce
- Gold Half Ounce
- Gold Quarter Ounce
- Silver Ounce ($5), Domed
- Silver Ounce ($1)
- Silver Half Ounce, Rectangular Ingot
- 50 Cents, Copper-Nickel

All (18) 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 - 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 2021 Year of the Ox: Details
CountryAustralia
CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Coin TypeFifty Cents, Tetra-Decagon
Issued2021
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait)
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 IDPMVR-EAPC-AKQY-ONQG
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Lunar Year of the Ox 2021 50c Tetra-Decagon Uncirculated Coin
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