Australian 50 Cent Coins: 2001 Centenary of Federation State Series New South Wales 50c

November 16, 2010

Australia 2001 New South Wales 50c -State Series

The New South Wales 50c coin shown above is a circulation 50c coin in the 2001 State Series for NSW released by the Royal Australian Mint and can be found in your change.

The reverse design features the New South Wales Coat of Arms, representing one of 9 states and territories that make up Australia. The Coat of Arms symbolises the Queen's constitutional authority in the state. This Coat of Arms comprises of a shield featuring the State badge which is blazoned with the cross of St George and four eight pointed stars representing the Southern Cross together with the lion of England. Each corner depicts golden fleece and sheaves of wheat symbolising agriculture. The shield is supported by a lion and a kangaroo. Above the shield, a rising sun crest represents the newly rising country and rests on a wreath. The Latin motto 'Orta recens quam pura nites' meaning 'Newly risen how brightly you shine' is depicted in a banner below supporting the kangaroo and lion.

This 50c is the standard 31.51mm dodecagonal coin with plain edging. It is copper nickel weighing 15.55g. In 2001 there were many coins released into circulation commemorating the Centenary of Federation including a one dollar coin, 50c and 20c issues. This is just one in a series of 9 fifty cent coins depicting each state and territory of Australia that were joined together in 1901 at Australia's Federation.

The obverse of this coin is the standard Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II.

3,042,000 of these coins were issued into circulation.

Mintages of this coin in other sets can be seen below:

17,593 3 coin uncirculated sets
9,923 3 coin proof sets

21,040 uncirculated coins were released included in incomplete 20 coin sets
13,000 proof coins were released in incomplete 20 coin sets
These sets were released with the Centenary of Federation one dollar and the 20c for NSW and 50c National Issue and for NSW. It was up to collectors to purchase each other State's coin to compete the sets.

Posted by harrisk at November 16, 2010 7:22 AM
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