Australian 50 Cent Coins : 1994 Year of the Family 50c

October 6, 2010

1994 50 cent Year of the Family pulled straight out of change

1994 celebrated International Year of the Family and was promoted by the release of a 50 cent coin into circulation by the Royal Australian Mint. This dodecagonal (12 sided) 31.51mm copper (75%) nickel (25%) coin weighed in at 15.55 grams with a plain edge.

The reverse depicts a family as would be drawn by a child and was designed by Carolyn Rosser, the winner of a nation-wide design competition held by the RAM. It also features the United Nations symbol for the event. The standard obverse features the Ian Rank-Broadley portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. A variation found in the dies used to strike these coins is the narrow date and wide date varieties.

20,830,800 of these coins were released into circulation. They also feature in the Mint and Proof year sets for 1994. A PNC released jointly with Australia post was the first official decimal PNC. 148,393 of these PNC's were released on April 14th 1994.

Posted by harrisk at October 6, 2010 9:45 AM
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