Fifty Cents 2022 Christmas Decoration - Christmas Beetles, Coin from Australia - detailed information

Fifty Cents 2022 Christmas Decoration - Christmas Beetles, Coin from Australia
CoinFifty Cents 2022 Christmas Decoration - Christmas Beetles

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 fourth special Christmas coin.

The Mint says:
The Christmas beetle is a uniquely Australian herald to a summer festive season. The Mint is proud to release this beautiful 2022 50c Coloured Uncirculated Coin to help us all get into the Christmas spirit. A luscious mandala of Christmas beetles printed in sparkling hyper metallic print are framed in detailed relief by a eucalyptus wreath adorned with beetles and native flowers. The stunning coin comes in a unique translucent hanging decoration, available in five deliciously summer colours, gilded with striking iridescent foil accents.

No coins of this type were released into circulation.

MintRoyal Australian Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintageunknown
Obverse
Australia / Fifty Cents 2022 Christmas Decoration - Christmas Beetles - 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The Queen also wears the Coronation Necklace; originally made for Queen Victoria in 1858, it was also worn at the coronations (as Queen's Consort) of Queen Alexandra in 1902, Queen Mary in 1911 and Queen Elizabeth (the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 in tiny letters below left.

Around the effigy is the monarch's legend and the date: ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2022 · 50 CENTS ·.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2022 · 50 CENTS ·
Reverse
Australia / Fifty Cents 2022 Christmas Decoration - Christmas Beetles - reverse photo

At centre, the reverse design features a mandala pattern consisting of three coloured Christmas beetles.

Surrounding that, an eucalyptus wreath adorned with beetles and native Australian flowers

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

Reverse Inscription (none)
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: Brilliant Uncirculated, coloured.
Packaging: in 12-sided presentation card (matching the shape of the coin) with a choice of five colour schemes - navy, teal, orange, yellow or red, made to be hanged from a Christmas tree as an ornament.
RAM Product Code: 10984.
Issue date: 1 September 2022.
Issue price: AU$ 10.00.

Fifty Cents 2022 Christmas Decoration - Christmas Beetles: Known varieties
Variety In PNC
Mintage Issued: unknown. Mintage limit: 7,500
Details

Christmas 2022 Royal Australian Mint Postal Numismatic Cover, with two stamps postmarked First Day of Issue 1 November 2022, Merrylands NSW 2160.

Variety Silver Proof
Images Australia / Fifty Cents 2022 Christmas Decoration - Christmas Beetles / Silver Proof - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: unknown. Mintage limit: 5,000
Details

18.24 grams of silver. This coin is housed in a special hanging ornament capsule with Mint branded ribbon allowing it to be hung on display during the festive season, in a black display box and illustrated shipper.

RAM Product Code: 10979. Issue date: 1 September 2022. Issue price: AU$ 110.00.

All (43) 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 2017 Year of the Rooster unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2017
Fifty Cents 2018 Possum Magic unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2018
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 - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2020
Fifty Cents 2020 Possum Magic unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2020
Fifty Cents 2020 Afghan Cameleers unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2020
Fifty Cents 2020 Indian Pacific unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2020
Fifty Cents 2020 Christmas Decoration unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2020 · 50 CENTS ·
Fifty Cents 2021 Year of the Ox unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2021
Fifty Cents 2021 Battle of Long Khanh 27,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2021
Fifty Cents 2021 Battle of Nui Le 34,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2021
Fifty Cents 2021 Christmas Decoration unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2021
Fifty Cents 2022 Year of the Tiger unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2022
Fifty Cents 2022 Kangaroo and Emu Toys unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2022
Fifty Cents 2022 Platinum Jubilee 70,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2022 · 50 CENTS ·
Fifty Cents 2022 Tamworth Country Music Festival 30,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2022 · 50 CENTS ·
Fifty Cents 2022 Steam Power - Commonwealth Railways 20,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2022 · 50 CENTS ·
Fifty Cents 2022 Steam Power - NSW South Maitland Railways 20,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2022 · 50 CENTS ·
Fifty Cents 2022 Steam Power - Queensland Rail 20,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2022 · 50 CENTS ·
Fifty Cents 2022 Steam Power - SA Railways 20,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2022 · 50 CENTS ·
Fifty Cents 2022 Steam Power - Tasmania 20,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2022 · 50 CENTS ·
Fifty Cents 2022 Steam Power - Victorian Railways 20,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2022 · 50 CENTS ·
Fifty Cents 2022 Steam Power - WA Railways 20,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2022 · 50 CENTS ·
Fifty Cents 2022 Henry Lawson - The Drover's Wife 40,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2022
Fifty Cents 2022 Henry Lawson - The Loaded Dog 40,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2022
Fifty Cents 2022 Henry Lawson - On the Edge of a Plain 40,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2022
Fifty Cents 2022 Commonwealth Games 20,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2022 · 50 CENTS ·
Fifty Cents 2022 Australian Signals Directorate 50,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2022 · 50 CENTS ·
Fifty Cents 2022 Christmas Decoration - Christmas Beetles unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2022 · 50 CENTS ·
Fifty Cents 2023 Year of the Rabbit unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Uncouped Portrait by Jody Clark ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2023
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Fifty Cents 2022 Christmas Decoration - Christmas Beetles: Details
CountryAustralia
CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Coin TypeFifty Cents, NCLT
Issued2022
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Uncouped version)
Face Value50 (x Cent)
Mintageunknown
CurrentYes
MaterialCuproNickel
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeDodecagon - twelve sides
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size31.6500 mm
Mass15.5500 g
OCC IDAPVZ-OYRC-QDRW-ELMD
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