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Fifty Cent

1966 - 2016

The Australian fifty cent piece as first put into circulation with the introduction of decimal currency in 1966 and continues to be circulated today. In its first year the coin was issued on a round planchet with quite substantial silver content. This type was quickly abandoned due to the expense of the silver content and confusion between it and the new decimal twenty cent. The first dodecagonal type (1969 - 1984) featured the Arnold Machin portrait, the second (1985 - 1997) featured the Raphael Maklouf portrait, and the third (1999 - present) features the Ian Rank-Broadley portrait. Throughout all of these types the obverse has remained Stuart Devlin's interpretation of the Australian Coat of Arms. In addition to these standard types a large variety of commemorative types have been issued. These commemorative types have preserved the now iconic dodecagonal planchet.

Currency in equivalent units of base 10The heads side of the coinA coin struck differing from the standard design to commemorate an event

Round Type I1966 - 2006Dodecagonal Type I1966 - 84Dodecagonal Type II1985 - 97Dodecagonal Type III1999 - 2016Year of the Family1994Remembrance2005Student Design2004Volunteers2003Elizabeth II2002 - 03Year of the Outback2002Federation2001Centenary of Federation2001Royal Visit2000Millennium2000Bass and Flinders1998Melbourne Commonwealth Games2006Weary Dunlop19952006 Royal Visit2006Decimal Coinage1991Parliament House1988Bicentenary1988 - 89Brisbane Commonwealth Games1982 - 89Royal Wedding1981 - 89Silver Jubilee1977 - 89Captain Cook1970 - 89Round Type III2006 - 10Pre-Decimal Restrikes1998 - 2000Diamond Jubilee2012Royal Engagement2010Australia at War2014RAM 50th Anniversary2015AIATSIS2014Commonwealth Stamps2013Coronation2013Surfing Anniversary2013Bathurst Race2013Centenary of Banknotes2013Lunar Series2012 - 13Ballet2012Coin Design Competition2005Kokoda2012Decimal Currency2016Gold Miniature2012Triple 02011National Service2011Royal Wedding II2011Melbourne Cup2010Australia Day2010Moon Landing2009Americas Cup Victory2008Scouting2008Diamond Wedding200780th Birthday of the Queen2006Shores under Siege2012
  MintageAU50AU55AU58MS64MS65MS66MS67MS68MS69Round Type I1966 36,357,909282938641002107601,3001,500Dodecagonal Type I1969 14,046,1766.907.507.905367130480620700Dodecagonal Type I1971 21,084,5724.407.4010344059170510640Dodecagonal Type I1972 5,625,0658.9016265770110470610690Dodecagonal Type I1973 4,039,928610147387120450630720Dodecagonal Type I1974 8,987,5955.308.7012287280130480620Dodecagonal Type I1975 19,094,9214.807.8011242942120470610Dodecagonal Type I1976 27,320,0043.405.307.10144954170510640Dodecagonal Type I1978 25,835,0064.90811253364320420480Dodecagonal Type I1978 MuleUnknown         Dodecagonal Type I1979 24,956,2064.507.301022273037180240Dodecagonal Type I1979 Double BarIncl. in above         Dodecagonal Type I1980 38,781,0004.306.909.50202842210280310Dodecagonal Type I1980 Double BarIncl. in above7.101218414853270350390Dodecagonal Type I1981 24,288,0004.507.301022262890450590Dodecagonal Type I1983 49,078,7004.306.909.60202226110470610Dodecagonal Type I1984 26,431,0143.2056.6013202633170220Dodecagonal Type II1985 1,170,0004.907.901124283341200270Dodecagonal Type II1986 180,0003.505.407.301426283591450Dodecagonal Type II1987 200,0003.906.108.3017192336110430Dodecagonal Type II1988 Unknown         Dodecagonal Type II1989 150,6025.308.701227323741130480Dodecagonal Type II1990 103,7665.809.40132934404861310Dodecagonal Type II1992 118,5285.208.60122731384653270Dodecagonal Type II1993 3,309,1603.705.707.80151777160190530Dodecagonal Type II1996 19,431,3004.406.909.502022263372360Dodecagonal Type II1997 4,435,6435.409.1013273039467401,300Dodecagonal Type III1999 20,423,7853.605.607.501416193342210Dodecagonal Type III2004 18,020,79457.9010232630353959Dodecagonal Type III2005 30,000101726718597120140490Dodecagonal Type III2006 62,587,2544.807.8011222633404756Dodecagonal Type III2007 19,976,4633.705.807.90161824285067Dodecagonal Type III2008 10,517,5164.206.609.20192731323857Dodecagonal Type III2009 19,123,4553.805.908161820264383Dodecagonal Type III2010 22,259,7033.204.906.601214525782410Dodecagonal Type III2011 14,516,0513.705.707.80151922110140160Dodecagonal Type III2012 17,686,0843.405.307.101424120150170190Dodecagonal Type III2012 Hyper Metallic578,5547.30121742495878150500Dodecagonal Type III2013 8,701,45246.408.8018202631150200Dodecagonal Type III2014 Unknown1.702.804.20141924323861Captain Cook1970 16,588,3304.106.509.102227325982320Silver Jubilee1977 25,195,0105.809.7013324149100460600Royal Wedding1981 20,000,0006.801116414554270350400Commonwealth Games1982 23,482,9504.206.709.2019222644220290Bicentenary1988 9,072,9084.306.809.4020232531661,000Decimal Coinage1991 4,852,3005.609.30133133454965330Year of the Family1994 Narrow Date21,111,0933.8068.2016192228140180Year of the Family1994 Wide DateIncl. in above46.308.601720243238120Weary Dunlop1995 16,156,2004.507.109.90212427334491Bass and Flinders1998 16,819,9224.707.50102225294047240Millennium2000 16,763,5126.2010143440536285360Royal Visit2000 5,145,0005.208.60122851100460600680Centenary of Federation2001 43,272,9163.505.507.401517284293460New South Wales2001 3,080,6335.208.10112427323769350Western Australia2001 2,417,2296.70111537435161310400South Australia2001 2,417,0424.807.601022263043220280Victoria2001 2,033,1424.206.609.20192230376301,100Tasmania2001 2,175,6404.807.701023264149250320Queensland2001 2,353,2404.907.801023263141100460Northern Territory2001 2,014,15213223389100130160500630Australian Capital Territory2001 2,035,8594.807.60102225303677390Year of the Outback2002 11,611,5533.906.108.4017192328314850 Years since Accession2002 32,10213264211012015049063071050 Years since Coronation2003 65,0035.709.20132933394893460Volunteers2003 14,048,5093.906.108.20161921233950Student Design2004 10,236,90258.2011252932160210240Basketball2006 21,9944.306.809.402023425175380Hockey2006 21,0704.306.909.502023434855280Shooting2006 21,0705.308.7012273264320420480Weightlifting2006 22,3326.20101434404449240320Badminton2006 22,2704.607.3010212527140180200Gymnastics2006 25,5749.201522576882140490630Rugby Sevens2006 24,42758.1011252935100460600Cycling2006 22,8614.206.709.3019223441210270Athletics2006 22,4754.507.301021254348240310Triathlon2006 22,3026.501015374352100460600Netball2006 22,4325.809.301329344096460590Table Tennis2006 22,5026.501015374348240310360Aquatics2006 31,7024.707.6010232640200260300Boxing2006 22,6024.90811242834170220250Lawn Bowls2006 22,6024.707.6010222631100460600Squash2006 21,9024.607.50102341844205506202006 Royal Visit2006 28,5934.4079.7020232428426380th Birthday of the Queen2006 28,1914.707.40102125295568340Scouting2008 82,5734.306.909.602022304570450America's Cup Victory2008 32,91658.1011242832365667Royal Engagement2010 59,8205.408.50112428333845220Melbourne Cup Type I2010 75,7854.707.30102124273242210Diamond Jubilee2012 66,2015.508.80122630354146230Kokoda2012 25,0023.505.307.101315172942210Lunar Dragon2012 320,1514.607.6010120130140150160170Lunar Snake2013 19,952         Surfing Anniversary2013 22,70057.801022263035160500Commonwealth Stamps2013 15,0025.108.2011252933374054AIATSIS2014 Unknown69.90143238505367340RAM 50th Anniversary2015 Unknown6.4010143136424958100Boer War2014 Unknown5.609.4013313237415055Western Front2014 Unknown5.10811232731364965Gallipoli Campaign2014 Unknown4.807.4010212428326275Cocos Island2014 Unknown4.707.6010234041445358123Values are in AUD and are retail price estimations based on past sales of coins certified by PCGS or NGC and as such values only related to such graded coins. 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