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

November 11, 2010

Australia 2001 Tasmania 50c -State Series

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

The reverse design features Tasmania's Coat of Arms, representing one of 9 states and territories that make up Australia. This Coat of Arms features two Tasmanian Tigers supporting the shield. These marsupials were common in Tasmania at the time of European settlement but are now believed to be extinct. Inside the shield are symbols of Tasmania's industry -hops, a sheaf of wheat, a ram, apples and a thunderbolt representing Tasmania's hydro-electric power scheme. A passant (walking) lion stands proud above the shield holding a pick and shovel representing the states mining. The latin motto "Ubertas et Fidelitas" meaning Fruitfulness and Faithfulness appears in a banner at the base of the Coat of Arms.

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.

2,160,006 of these coins were issued into circulation.

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

4,052 3 coin uncirculated sets
2,802 3 coin proof sets

11,582 2 coins issued for inclusion in 21,040 pre-purchased unc 20 coin sets
10,192 2 coins issued for inclusion in 13,000 pre-purchased proof 20 coin sets

Posted by harrisk at November 11, 2010 10:31 AM
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