2015 50.50 Two Coin Set - 50th Anniversary of the Royal Australia Mint
As a celebration of the Royal Australian Mint’s golden anniversary, this set presents fifty cent coins of yesterday and today. Featuring a genuine 1966 fifty cent coin alongside a 2015 mintmarked proof coin, it symbolises the remarkable history that these pieces have spanned, and will be highly sought after by a wide range of collectors.
HISTORY AND SIGNIFICANCE
The Royal Australian Mint was opened in 1965. As the first wholly Australian-owned mint, it was established to produce the distinctly Australian coins that the nation would be using after the changeover to decimal currency on 14 February 1966.
In the fifty years since its opening, the Mint has produced circulating, uncirculated and proof coins which have celebrated events, inspirational people, innovations and icons, all treasured parts of Australian culture. With its coins being such a vital part of everyday life and the foundation of many collections, they have struck a chord with many people in many different ways. The nation’s special affinity with the Mint will be celebrated on its fiftieth anniversary on 22 February 2015.
FEATURES AND DESIGN
• Limited mintage
• Genuine round fifty cent coin from 1966, ultrasonically cleaned and encapsulated
• 2015 fifty cent proof coin, featuring a ‘C’ for Canberra mintmark (the first fifty cent coin to bear such a mark)
• 18-page booklet depicting fifty years of historical highlights (from both the Mint and Australian culture)
• Beautiful presentation case
• 1966 coin’s obverse features Queen Elizabeth II effigy sculpted by Arnold Machin
• 2015 coin’s obverse features Queen Elizabeth II effigy sculpted by Ian Rank-Broadley
NOTE: Coin set includes 1966 50c circulating coin.
|Denomination||50c / 50c|
|Metal||Cu Ni / Silver|
|Mass||15.55g / 13.28g|
|Finish||2015 Proof / 1966 50c Circulating coin|
|Manufacturer||Royal Australian Mint|
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