Five Cents 1999 (Silver, Half Penny), Coin from Australia - detailed information

Five Cents 1999 (Silver, Half Penny), Coin from Australia
CoinFive Cents 1999 (Silver, Half Penny)

The Australian 5 cent coin was first introduced with decimalisation on 14 February 1966 when it replaced the pre-decimal Australian sixpence. The original reverse design by Stuart Devlin has not been changed since its introduction.

The denomination is occasionally used by both the Royal Australian Mint and the Perth Mint to issue collector coins, which are legal tender in Australia - such as this one.

This coin was issued as part of the 1999 Masterpieces in Silver - Coins of the 20th Century: Memories six-coin set, highlighting important times in Australian history (mintage limit 15,000, issue price A$125.00). The reverses of each coin show a historic Australian coin design, in mirror-finish proof; the denomination and value are on the obverse.

The five cents coin depicts a 1939 kangaroo-type halfpenny. In 1939, the old design of the half penny was superseded by the Kangaroo design, but only a small number of coins were made with it; it is one of the key dates in the series.

The ten cents coin depicts a 1930 penny.
The twenty cents coin depicts a 1942 threepence.
The fifty cents coin depicts a 1918 sixpence.
The one dollar shows a 1940 shilling.
The two dollar coin shows a 1920 sovereign.

These coins are Non-Circulating Legal Tender (collector issue); composition: fine silver (99.9%). No coins of this type have been released into circulation.

MintRoyal Australian Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage15,000
Australia / Five Cents 1999 (Silver, Half Penny) - obverse photo

Crowned mature head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (effigy known as the "Fourth Portrait"). The Queen wears the "Girls of Great Britain and Ireland" diamond tiara, a wedding gift from Queen Mary (Her Majesty's grandmother) in 1947 - which she also has on the Machin and the Gottwald portraits.

In tiny letters below the head, the artist's initials IRB (for Ian Rank-Broadley).

Around above the effigy is the monarch's legend and the date: ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1999. Around below, · FIVE CENTS · Note that the (real, legal tender) value and denomination are on the obverse.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1999 · FIVE CENTS ·
Australia / Five Cents 1999 (Silver, Half Penny) - reverse photo

At centre a kangaroo leaping right; around above, AUSTRALIA; around below HALF PENNY. The date 1939 is below the kangaroo and the seven pointed Federation star follows the word PENNY.

The artist's initials, KG (for [George] Kruger Gray) are below the kangaroo's tail near the rim.

Reverse Inscription AUSTRALIA HALF PENNY 1939
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
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Five Cents 1999 (Silver, Half Penny): Details
CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Coin TypeFive Cents, NCLT
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value5 (x Cent)
Total Mintage15,000
Material0.9999 Silver
DesignerGeorge Kruger Gray
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size25.000 mm
Mass5.530 g
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1999 5c Silver Proof for the Masterpieces in Silver 1939 halfpenny
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1999 5c Silver Proof for the Masterpieces in Silver 1939 halfpenny
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