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Type I

1982

 

The 1982 commemorative fifty cent was issued to commemorate the 1982 XII Commonwealth Games in Brisbane, Queensland. The reverse features the Commonwealth Games logo against a map of Australia with various sports around the center including weightlifting, judo, aquatics, boxing, shooting, archery, cycling, running, table tennis, bowling, rugby and tennis. It also includes the legend XII COMMONWEALTH GAMES BRISBANE 50 CENTS. The obverse features an Arnold Machin portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, right-facing and crowned. The legend reads ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1982.The issue is a very common commemorative with very high proof and specimen mintages of the year contributing to its availability in top grades.

The 1982 Commonwealth Games in Brisbane were opened by the Duke of Edinburgh, closed by Queen Elizabeth II and took place at both the QEII Stadium in Nathan Brisbane and the Sleeman Sports Complex in Chandler (Wikpedia, 2013). Forty-six Commonwealth nations and territories participated in the Games and sports contested included athletics, boxing, cycling, weightlifting, wrestling, aquatics, table tennis, archery, shooting, bowling and rugby. The medal table for the XII Commonwealth Games in Brisbane showed that Australia had won by the smallest of margins from England. The English team had actually won more medals but fortunately for Australia, they had one less gold medal. These hotly contested games kept all the competing nations on the edge of their seats for the entirety of its duration. Canada were a not too distant third place.

The logo used to represent the Brisbane Games was designed by Hugh Edwards, an Australian and winner of a nation-wide competition. Edward Williams became Australian of the Year for 1982 for his role in the Brisbane Commonwealth Games. He was also Judge of the Supreme Court of Queensland (1971) and chairman of Australia's National Crimes Commission during that time. In 1983, Robert de Castella was Australian of the Year at the age of just 26, having won gold at the XII Commonwealth Games. He went on to win gold at the 1986 Games and became the Director Australian Institute of Sport (1990-95) (All Down Under, 2013).

A coin struck differing from the standard design to commemorate an eventThe tails side of the coinThe inscription around the inner edge of the coinThe heads side of the coinA coin struck from specially prepared dies to strike a superior quality coin not intended for circulationA coin struck from an early circulation die state, not intended for circulationThe number of coins struck of a particular designation(Wikpedia, 2013)(All Down Under, 2013)
 MintageAU50AU55AU58MS64MS65MS66MS67MS68MS691982 23,482,9504.4079.7020232847240310 MintagePR65DCAMPR66DCAMPR67DCAMPR68DCAMPR69DCAMPR70DCAM1982 Proof100,0002024313742440Values 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. Uncertified coins or coins graded by other services would likely be worth significantly less. For wholesale pricing please refer to the Red Sheet. While all attempts to ensure accurate pricing, data entry errors can occur and as such no warranty is expressed or implied as to the accuracy of any information published on this website. It is important to verify all published sales to ensure the accuracy of the pricing when making any purchase decision. Any personal information provided to us is protected by the Privacy Act 1988.