2005 Australia 50c Uncirculated Coin - Melbourne 2006 XVIII Commonwealth Games - ExBank Roll
Single 50c UNC coin inserted into 2x2 holder.
Every 4 years since 1930 (excepting during WWI in the 1940's) nations of the Commonwealth compete together in events such as aquatics, gymnastics, cycling and shooting. For eleven days in March 2006 spectators and athletes flocked to Melbourne venues to watch and compete. Australia won 84 gold medals finishing at the top of the medal tally board for all the Commonwealth competitors.
To celebrate this event the Royal Australian Mint released a commemorative fifty cent into circulation. Just to confuse you the coin is dated 2005 on the obverse but features "Melbourne 2006 XVIII Commonwealth Games" on the reverse. This coin as shown above was designed by 16 year old Victorian Kelly Just who won a nation-wide secondary school competition to design the reverse. Kelly's original design was then sculpted by Vladimir Gottwald but the coin bears the initals "KJ". Kelly's reverse design depicts animals mimicking athletes as they are competing in the Games symbolic of the embracing spirit of the games and Australia's unique fauna.
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PLEASE NOTE: The coins may have nicks.
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