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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 36,357,909293140661002208001,4001,500Dodecagonal Type I1969 14,046,1767.207.908.305570140500650730Dodecagonal Type I1971 21,084,5724.607.6010354262180530670Dodecagonal Type I1972 5,625,0659.2017276073120490630720Dodecagonal Type I1973 4,039,9286.1010157691130470660760Dodecagonal Type I1974 8,987,5955.40912297684130500650Dodecagonal Type I1975 19,094,9214.908.1011253044120500640Dodecagonal Type I1976 27,320,0043.505.407.40145156180530670Dodecagonal Type I1978 25,835,00658.2011263567340440500Dodecagonal Type I1978 MuleUnknown         Dodecagonal Type I1979 24,956,2064.607.501023283138190250Dodecagonal Type I1979 Double BarIncl. in above         Dodecagonal Type I1980 38,781,0004.407.109.90212944220290330Dodecagonal Type I1980 Double BarIncl. in above7.301219435055280360410Dodecagonal Type I1981 24,288,0004.607.501023272994470620Dodecagonal Type I1983 49,078,7004.407.109.90212327110490630Dodecagonal Type I1984 26,431,0143.305.106.9013212735170230Dodecagonal Type II1985 1,170,00058.101125293543210280Dodecagonal Type II1986 180,0003.605.607.601527303695480Dodecagonal Type II1987 200,00046.308.6017202437120450Dodecagonal Type II1988 Unknown         Dodecagonal Type II1989 150,6025.5091228333943130500Dodecagonal Type II1990 103,7665.909.70133136425164320Dodecagonal Type II1992 118,5285.408.80122832404856280Dodecagonal Type II1993 3,309,1603.805.908161881170200550Dodecagonal Type II1996 19,431,3004.507.209.802023273475380Dodecagonal Type II1997 4,435,6435.609.4013283240497701,300Dodecagonal Type III1999 20,423,7853.705.707.701517203544220Dodecagonal Type III2004 18,020,7945.208.1011242732374162Dodecagonal Type III2005 30,0001018277489100120150510Dodecagonal Type III2006 62,587,2544.908.1011232735424959Dodecagonal Type III2007 19,976,4633.8068.20161925295370Dodecagonal Type III2008 10,517,5164.306.809.50202832344060Dodecagonal Type III2009 19,123,4553.906.108.20161921274587Dodecagonal Type III2010 22,259,7033.305.106.801315556086430Dodecagonal Type III2011 14,516,0513.805.908.10162023110150170Dodecagonal Type III2012 17,686,0843.505.407.401425120160180200Dodecagonal Type III2012 Hyper Metallic578,5547.60121843516181160520Dodecagonal Type III2013 8,701,4524.106.609.1019212732160210Dodecagonal Type III2014 Unknown1.802.904.40151925334064Captain Cook1970 16,588,3304.206.809.402328346286340Silver Jubilee1977 25,195,0105.901014344351100480630Royal Wedding1981 20,000,00071217434756280370420Commonwealth Games1982 23,482,9504.406.909.6020232846230300Bicentenary1988 9,072,9084.407.109.8020242633691,100Decimal Coinage1991 4,852,3005.709.60133234475268350Year of the Family1994 Narrow Date21,111,09346.208.5017202429150190Year of the Family1994 Wide DateIncl. in above4.106.508.901821253440130Weary Dunlop1995 16,156,2004.607.4010222529344695Bass and Flinders1998 16,819,9224.907.80102326314249250Millennium2000 16,763,5126.3010153542566588380Royal Visit2000 5,145,0005.408.90122953110480630710Centenary of Federation2001 43,272,9163.605.707.701517294497480New South Wales2001 3,080,6335.308.40112529333972370Western Australia2001 2,417,2296.90111638455364320420South Australia2001 2,417,0424.907.801023273145230290Victoria2001 2,033,1424.306.909.50202332386601,100Tasmania2001 2,175,6404.907.901124284352260340Queensland2001 2,353,240581124283243100480Northern Territory2001 2,014,15214233493110130160520660Australian Capital Territory2001 2,035,8594.907.80102327313881410Year of the Outback2002 11,611,55346.308.7018202430335150 Years since Accession2002 32,10214274312013015052066074050 Years since Coronation2003 65,0035.809.50133035415197480Volunteers2003 14,048,50946.208.50171922244152Student Design2004 10,236,9025.208.4011263033170220250Basketball2006 21,9944.407.109.802024445378400Hockey2006 21,0704.407.109.802124455057290Shooting2006 21,0705.50912283367340440500Weightlifting2006 22,3326.40101536424651260330Badminton2006 22,2704.707.5010222628140190210Gymnastics2006 25,5749.501623607186150510650Rugby Sevens2006 24,4275.208.4011263036100480630Cycling2006 22,8614.406.909.6020233643220280Athletics2006 22,4754.707.501022264550250330Triathlon2006 22,3026.701116394554100480630Netball2006 22,4325.909.6013303642100480620Table Tennis2006 22,5026.701116394550250330370Aquatics2006 31,7024.807.8010242742210270310Boxing2006 22,60258.2011252935180230260Lawn Bowls2006 22,6024.807.8010232733100480630Squash2006 21,9024.807.80102443874405806502006 Royal Visit2006 28,5934.507.201021242530446680th Birthday of the Queen2006 28,1914.807.60102226305771360Scouting2008 82,5734.407.109.902123314773470America's Cup Victory2008 32,9165.208.3011252934375870Royal Engagement2010 59,8205.608.70122529344047230Melbourne Cup Type I2010 75,7854.807.50102125293344220Diamond Jubilee2012 66,2015.709.10122732374348240Kokoda2012 25,0023.605.507.301416183144220Lunar Dragon2012 320,1514.707.9011120140150160170170Lunar Snake2013 19,952         Surfing Anniversary2013 22,7005.1081123273136170520Commonwealth Stamps2013 15,0025.308.5011263035384256AIATSIS2014 Unknown6.1010143440535670360RAM 50th Anniversary2015 Unknown6.6010143237445161110Boer War2014 Unknown5.809.7013323339435257Western Front2014 Unknown5.208.2011242832385168Gallipoli Campaign2014 Unknown4.907.7010222529346578Cocos Island2014 Unknown4.807.8011244142465561123Values 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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