Australian 50 Cent Coins: 2001 Centenary of Federation State Series Norfolk Island 50c

November 16, 2010

Australia 2001 Norfolk Island 50c -State Series

The Norfolk Island 50c coin shown above is a circulation 50c coin in the 2001 State Series for the Territory released by the Royal Australian Mint and can be found in your change.

The reverse design features the Norfolk Island 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 features a Norfolk Pine growing on a rocky mound with a book (almost certainly the Bible) inside the shield with two 5-pointed stars representing the Coats of Arms of Australia, New South Wales and that of Captain James Cook who discovered Norfolk Island in 1774. Supporting the shield are Britain's Lion and Australia's Kangaroo holding Naval anchors. The Lion above a Naval Crown holds a covered cup. In the banner 'Inasmuch' is taken from the Gospel of Matthew in the New Testament (chapter 25.40).

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.

2,000,000 of these coins were issued into circulation.

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

6,200 3 coin uncirculated sets
3,750 3 coin proof sets

15,900 2 coins issued for inclusion in 21,040 pre-purchased unc 20 coin sets
10,024 2 coins issued for inclusion in 13,000 pre-purchased proof 20 coin sets

Posted by harrisk at November 16, 2010 7:55 AM
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