Australia 2019 50th Anniversary of the 50 Cent Dodecagon Coin Five Coin Set
|Australia Fifty Cent
|Royal Australian Mint
|Queen Elizabeth II
|Coat of Arms (Stuart Devlin)
A golden anniversary marked with a golden release. The fiftieth anniversary of the twelve sided 50 cent was marked with this set of five coins all unique in their own special way. Each coin features a different portrait of the Queen seen on the 50 cent to date. These designers of Her Majesty’s portrait are Arnold Machin, Raphael Maklouf, Ian Rank-Broadley, Vladimir Gottwald and Jody Clark. The first obverse, by Arnold Machin is featured in this set in stunning gold plate.
When decimal currency was introduced in 1966, the fifty cent was the showpiece of the new circulating coins. It also contained silver, was round in shape and featured the Commonwealth Coat of Arms. However, the silver prices started to rise above face value of the coins, and in 1968 the Royal Australian Mint ceased production of the coins.
The new coins, released in 1969, were twelve sided or dodecagonal in shape, and manufactured in copper-nickel alloy. The new coin shape differentiated the fifty cents more easily from the round twenty cent coins. In the time since its introduction in 1969, the coins have borne five different effigies of the Queen, and a range of commemorative designs making them attractive to collect.
*Note this is a stock image of this product from The Royal Australian Mint, we may have multiples available.