Fifty Cents 2022 Henry Lawson - On the Edge of a Plain, Coin from Australia - detailed information

Fifty Cents 2022 Henry Lawson - On the Edge of a Plain, Coin from Australia
CoinFifty Cents 2022 Henry Lawson - On the Edge of a Plain

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 is part of a series featuring themes related to Henry Lawson, and is dedicated to his story On the Edge of a Plain.

Henry Lawson (1867 - 1922) was a gifted balladist and short story writer with a talent for narrative, atmosphere and humour. Despite the failures of his later years, Lawson remained a popular favourite and he continues to be recognised as a central figure in Australian literary and popular culture.

In "While the Billy Boils", Henry Lawson's first important collection of stories, there are several short pieces which Lawson called "sketches". "On the Edge of a Plain" is one of them, in which Mitchell - the dominant voice in the sketches - explains to his mate the experience of returning home to his family after a long absence in the outback. It became so smothering that he broke his promise to settle down, and left to carry his swag again.

This coin is in Aluminium Bronze and not copper-nickel as the usual 50 cents circulating piece. No coins of this type were released into circulation.

MintRoyal Australian Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage40,000
Obverse
Australia / Fifty Cents 2022 Henry Lawson - On the Edge of a Plain - 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The Queen also wears the Coronation Necklace; originally made for Queen Victoria in 1858, it was also worn at the coronations (as Queen's Consort) of Queen Alexandra in 1902, Queen Mary in 1911 and Queen Elizabeth (the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.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2022
Reverse
Australia / Fifty Cents 2022 Henry Lawson - On the Edge of a Plain - reverse photo

The reverse design of the coin shows scenes from Henry Lawson's story "On the Edge of a Plain". In the upper half of the design, Mitchell and his mate (in the company of a dog) sit on their swags around a fire and converse. Below left, Mitchell's homecoming; next to it on the right, the scene where he leaves his home again.

On three lines at centre, the inscription ON THE EDGE OF A PLAIN. Below right, the value 50 [cents].

The designer's initials AWB (for Adam William Ball) are below right.

Reverse Inscription ON THE EDGE OF A PLAIN 50
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: Brilliant Uncirculated.
Packaging: in blister card (5,000 coins) or in three-coin set (35,000 coins).
RAM Product Code: 10857.
Date of issue: 2 June 2022
Issue price: AU$ 20.00

Issued in Set
Henry Lawson Collection - 50c Uncirculated Coin 2022, mintage 35,000
3 coins: 50 Cents The Drover's Wife, 50 Cents The Loaded Dog, 50 Cents On the Edge of a Plain
All (39) 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 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 ·
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Fifty Cents 2022 Henry Lawson - On the Edge of a Plain: 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)
Total Mintage40,000
CurrentYes
MaterialAluminium-Bronze
DesignerAdam Ball
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeDodecagon - twelve sides
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size31.510 mm
Mass14.090 g
OCC IDBYNK-ODDC-KDDX-OPQM
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