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

November 11, 2010

Australia 2001 Victoria 50c -State Series

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

The reverse design features Victoria's Coat of Arms, representing one of 9 states and territories that make up Australia. This Coat of Arms features the State shield supported by two female figures representing Peace and Prosperity -the state's motto. The figure representing Prosperity holds a horn of plenty symbolising rich harvests and the other an olive branch, a known symbol of Peace. The shield features the five stars of the Southern Cross. A wreath above the shield supports the torso of a kangaroo holding the Royal Crown. At the base of the shield, the state's floral emblem Common Pink Heath sits.

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:

14,499 3 coin uncirculated sets
5,777 3 coin proof sets

18,643 2 coins issued for inclusion in 21,040 pre-purchased unc 20 coin sets
10,147 2 coins issued for inclusion in 13,000 pre-purchased proof 20 coin sets

Posted by harrisk at November 11, 2010 1:52 PM
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