Australian 50 Cent Coins : 2006 Queens 80th Birthday 50c

November 10, 2010

Australia 2006 Queen's 80th Birthday 50c -NCLT

Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her 80th birthday in 2006 with many special events and activities. In the month prior to her birthday on 21st April, she had travelled to Australia for a visit which included opening the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne. A commemorative 50c was issued for the occasion of this special milestone, her 80th birthday. The coin was minted as a NCLT issue (not for circulation in an informative purple card (seen above) for $4.95.

The reverse designed by Stuart Devlin depicts a ring of British flags around "ER" which means Elizabeth Regina, the word regina being latin for Queen. The majestic crown with 80 behind completes the coin design. The obverse is the standard Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II. This issue is a 31.51mm dodecagonal 50c of copper nickel weighing 15.55g

This coin was issued in uncirculated condition as shown above and also as a selectively gold plated silver proof in a 2-coin set with the other Royal issue of 2006 which was another 50c commemorating the Royal visit to Australia. 28,191 of the uncirculated coins were minted and 6,098 of the gold plated proofs.

Posted by harrisk at November 10, 2010 10:00 AM
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