2016 50c Gold Plated Uncirculated Round Coin – 50th Anniversary of Decimal Currency
Australia celebrates 50 years of decimal currency in 2016. To globally recognise this significant milestone, the well-known 50 cent coin, with its original 1966 circular shape, will be dressed exquisitely in gold plating. These coins are available in undated packaging for 50 days from the Open Day on Saturday 13 February 2016. Collectors and history buffs willwant this piece of Australian and world currency history.
HISTORY AND SIGNIFICANCE
Australia switched to decimal currency on 14 February 1966. Prior to this, Australian currency emulated the old English pounds, shillings and pence. The changeover was transformative as, for the first time, Australia’s coin designs were of Australian origins. Stuart Devlin’s winning designs of unique Australian fauna have stood the test of time and are as much loved by Australians today as they were 50 years ago. Devlin’s beautiful, intricate Australian Coat of Arms design has been chosen by the Royal Australian Mint as a worthy flag bearer for Australia’s celebrations of this anniversary.
Combining the shape of the original 1966 50c circulating coin, while featuring the edge profile and metal composition of the current 50c dodecagon coin, this unique gold release brings together the old and the new.
FEATURES AND DESIGN
• Gold plated uncirculated coin symbolic of the first round 50c coin that Australia ever saw
• Coins in undated packaging will only be available for 50 days from the Open Day on Saturday 13 February 2016
• Obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II designed by Ian Rank-Broadley
• Reverse features Stuart Devlin’s design of the Commonwealth Coat of Arms
• Australian legal tender
• Mintage represents February 1966 – the month and year of changeover
|Metal||CuNi gold plated|
|Packaging||Coin in card|
|Brand||Royal Australian Mint|
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