Australian 50 Cent Coins: 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games Series Aquatics 50c

January 28, 2011

Australia 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games Sports Collection Series -Aquatics 50c

Sports competition falls into 3 different categories within the Commonwealth Games for Aquatics - diving, swimming and synchronised swimming events. It is one of the most popular sports and the oldest in Commonwealth Games competition.

Shown above is the Aquatics commemorative 50c produced by the Royal Australian Mint. It was one of 16 coins issued in a series, the reverses of each depicting one of the core sports of the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne 2006. Each coin was released as non-circulating legal tender (NCLT) and were not issued for circulation but purely as collector coins. The informative card issued with the coin features a sticker of "Karak" the Games mascot indicating it is an official licensed product of the 2006 Commonwealth Games. Release price was $4.95.

The reverse design is by Royal Australian Mint designer Wojciech Pietranik and depicts action in the pool. It also features the Melbourne Commonwealth Games 2006 logo. The obverse is the standard Ian Rank-Broadley portrait of Queen Elizabeth II depicted on all Australian coins since 1999. It is the standard 12 sided 50c shape and weighs 15.55g. It is 31.51mm and made from Cupro Nickel (75% copper and 25% nickel).

As well as the 15 other sporting coins in this series, a commemorative 50c, $1, $5 and $10 coins were also issued. The 15 other sporting coins were released in groups throughout 2005 and early 2006 before the Games started. This Aquatics coin was in the last release in early 2006.

15,500 of the complete collection of the sporting coins, the student design 50c and the Queen's Baton Relay $5 were issued in a special folder. 31,702 of these Aquatics coins were released which included those in the complete collection.

Posted by harrisk at January 28, 2011 2:28 PM
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