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

November 16, 2010

Australia 2001 Queensland 50c -State Series

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

The reverse design features the Queensland 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 a sheaf of wheat, the heads of a bull and ram (representing primary industry) and a column of gold on a mound of quartz representing mining. Supporting the shield are a Brolga (the State bird -representing native-born Queenslanders) and a Red Deer (symbolising the contributions of migrants from the UK and Europe). Atop of the shield sits a helmet and the Maltese Cross super-imposed with a Royal Crown framed by two stalks of sugar cane. A banner sits below the Coat of Arms showing the State's Latin motto 'Audax at Fidelis' meaning 'Bold but Faithful'

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.

2,320,000 of these coins were issued into circulation.

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

13,050 3 coin uncirculated sets
5,668 3 coin proof sets

20,190 2 coins issued for inclusion in 21,040 pre-purchased unc 20 coin sets
10,242 2 coins issued for inclusion in 13,000 pre-purchased proof 20 coin sets

Posted by harrisk at November 16, 2010 6:55 AM
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