To celebrate sixty years since Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was crowned in 1953 the Royal Australian Mint produced a number of commemorative pieces. Two designs were issued in the fifty cent denomination. The first was designed by Stuart Devlin and was issued as a uncirculated cupro nickel piece and a fine silver proof. The second was designed by Michael Meszaros and was issued in either Gold or Silver as part of a extremely limited three coin set made in conjunction with the Royal Mint and the Royal Canadian Mint.
The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II occurred on the 2nd of June 1953. The coronation service took place in Westminster Abbey in London in front of a more than 8,000 guests. The ceremony was also the first British coronation to be televised and was watched by an astounding 20 million on BBC coverage. The service was complex and long with Queen Elizabeth swearing an oath of governance, being anointed with a holy oil, presented with the royal regalia, and finally crowned by the Archbishop of Canterbury as the crowd shouted "God save the Queen!".