Fifty Cents 1978 Australia Mule, Coin from Fiji - detailed information

Fifty Cents 1978 Australia Mule, Coin from Fiji (demonetised 2009)
CoinFifty Cents 1978 Australia Mule

In 1978, the Royal Australian Mint minted Fiji coins as well as Australian coins. Their planchets being the same, an error was made where the wrong dies were paired - an Australian obverse with a Fiji reverse.

MintRoyal Australian Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintageunknown
Obverse

Crowned and draped young bust of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (effigy known as the "Second Portrait", by Arnold Machin).

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 Rank-Broadley and the Gottwald portraits.

Around, the monarch's legend: ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1978.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1978
Reverse

Takia (an outrigger sailing canoe, described on the mint sets as a "drua"), below, the value and denomination: 50 cents.

The design is by J. Ken Payne from Suva, Fiji.

Reverse Inscription 50 cents
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Duplication of listings is not nice, but - to assist people with finding the coin - it has been listed both in the Australia and Fiji sections.

All (28) Coins of Country: Fiji, Type: Fifty Cents
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Fifty Cents 1975 1,000,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH II FIJI 1975
Fifty Cents 1976 805,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH II FIJI 1976
Fifty Cents 1978 6,006 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH II FIJI 1978
Fifty Cents 1978 Australia Mule unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1978
Fifty Cents 1979 264,004 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH II FIJI 1979
Fifty Cents 1980 Independence 10,000 FIJI 1980
Fifty Cents 1980 318,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH II FIJI 1980
Fifty Cents 1981 511,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH II FIJI 1981
Fifty Cents 1982 1,003,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH II FIJI 1982
Fifty Cents 1983 3,003,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH II FIJI 1983
Fifty Cents 1984 5,000,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH II FIJI 1984
Fifty Cents 1986 160,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II FIJI 1986
Fifty Cents 1987 160,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II FIJI 1987
Fifty Cents 1990 800,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II FIJI 1990
Fifty Cents 1992 280,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II FIJI 1992
Fifty Cents 1994 480,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II FIJI 1994
Fifty Cents 1995 480,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II FIJI 1995
Fifty Cents 1996 560,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II FIJI 1996
Fifty Cents 1997 536,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II FIJI 1997
Fifty Cents 1998 536,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II FIJI 1998
Fifty Cents 1999 536,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II FIJI 1999
Fifty Cents 2000 536,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II FIJI 2000
Fifty Cents 2006 unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II FIJI 2006
Fifty Cents 2009 unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II FIJI 2009
Fifty Cents 2012 unknown FIJI 2012 Varivoce
Fifty Cents 2013 unknown FIJI 2013 Varivoce
Fifty Cents 2013 Iliesa Delana 500,000 FIJI 2013 50 cents
Fifty Cents 2017 Ben Ryan 1,000,000 FIJI 2017 50 cents BEN RYAN SEVENS HEAD COACH
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Fifty Cents 1978 Australia Mule: Details
CountryFiji
CurrencyFijian Dollar
Coin TypeFifty Cents (dodecagonal)
Issued1978
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait, by Arnold Machin
Face Value50 (x Cent)
Mintageunknown
CurrentNo; demonetised 2009
MaterialCuproNickel
DesignerJ. Ken Payne
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeDodecagonal - 12-sided
Size31.650 mm
Mass15.550 g
OCC IDGRNA-ZOGW-CJJN-OXJL
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Fifty Cents 1978 Australia Mule: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsAustralia KM# A72