2015 50c Coloured Unc Coin - 50th Anniversary of the Royal Australian Mint
The Royal Australian Mint’s 50th birthday marks a half century of Australia’s own mint creating minted treasures. Our coins have been used, saved, spent and collected by people of all ages throughout the country, with everyone having their own special coin-related memories. This exciting 50th anniversary design will appeal to both coin collectors and the wider public.
HISTORY AND SIGNIFICANCE
Since 1965, the Royal Australian Mint has been producing the coins that Australians have used in their everyday lives. These coins have meant different things to many different people. Whether they have been used as items for day-to-day spending, treasured as pieces of art, admired for the history and culture celebrated on them or arousing nostalgic memories, they have had an unwavering presence for everybody in the country.
As the first wholly Australian-operated mint, its primary function was to produce the coins to be used after Australia’s changeover to decimal currency. Half a century later, these circulating coins are still adorned with iconic Australian images, showing the nation’s great pride in its people and unique fauna. Throughout the years, many commemorative and collectable coins have celebrated important aspects of Australian history, culture and society.
FEATURES AND DESIGN
• A striking new design formed into a honeycomb, symbolising the industrious hive at the Royal Australian Mint
• Colour print featuring a golden gradient to emphasise ‘50’
• Presentation card celebrating the Royal Australian Mint’s 50th anniversary
• Obverse features Queen Elizabeth II effigy sculpted by Ian Rank-Broadley
• Australian legal tender
The passing of the Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act empowered the Government to make laws with respect to currency, coinage and legal tender. The Coinage Act 1909 put in place the first steps for an Australian coinage. Thus began the journey towards a mint owned by the Commonwealth and ind...Find Out More