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The fifty cent piece was originally a circular high silver content coin slightly larger than the 20 cent piece.

It was only issued in 1966 (there are patterns but they are at the RAM) and was withdrawn because the silver content rose to a value of $7 and coins were being hoarded, melted, taken out of the country etc. It was also too easily confused with the 20 cent piece.

A dodecahedronal (10 sided) replacement was first issued in 1969 and has stayed in production since.

 

There are 4 main obverses -- 1966; 1969 to 1984, 1985 to 1998, 2000 onwards. There was a one off effigy for specially minted 2000 Royal visit coins

 

There have been numerous Reverses but for the moment I'll just post the different Coats of Arms including those for 2001 States and Territories in the Centenary of Federation

 

 

1966 Reverse - Coat of Arms

1966_50centRev.jpg

 

1969 Reverse - Coat of Arms

1969ChUnc50RevPic1.jpg

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2000 - Millenium Incused Union Jack in Flag

2000MilleniumIncuseUnionJack50cents.jpg

 

2000 - Royal Visit Reverse

2000_50centRoyalvisit.jpg

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2001 - Federation Coat of Arms

2001_50centFederationCoARev.jpg

 

2006 - Standard Coat of Arms on 50 cent pieces

2006_50centStandardCoArmsRev.jpg

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2001 - Centenary of Federation State Coat of Arms - New South Wales

2001_50centNSWRev.jpg

 

2001 - Centenary of Federation State Coat of Arms - Norfolk Island

2001_50centNorfolkIslandRev.jpg

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2001 - Centenary of Federation State Coat of Arms - Northern Territory

2001_50centNorthernTerritoryRev.jpg

 

2001 - Centenary of Federation State Coat of Arms - Victoria

2001_50centVicRev.jpg

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2001 - Centenary of Federation State Coat of Arms - Western Australia

2001_50centWArev.jpg

 

2001 - Centenary of Federation State Coat of Arms - Australian Capital Territory

2001_50centsACTrev.jpg

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2001 - Centenary of Federation State Coat of Arms - Queensland

2001_50centsQldRev.jpg

 

2001 - Centenary of Federation State Coat of Arms - South Australia

2001_50centsSArev.jpg

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2001 - Centenary of Federation State Coat of Arms - Tasmania

2001_50centsTasRev.jpg

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Obverses

2001 - Obverse used from 1997 onwards - there are Large Head/small head variations and a pointed A/Blunt A in Australia

 

2001_50centObv.jpg

 

1995 Obverse - used from 1985 to 1996

1995_50centObv.jpg

 

1966 Obverse

1966_50centObv.jpg

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1969 Obverse 69 to 84

1969 Obverse

1969ObvChUnc50Pic1.jpg

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2000 Royal Visit Obverse

2000_50centRoyalVisitObv.jpg

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And to round it out, a couple of particularly nice errors

 

Obverse of 1984 and 1985 Ramstrike errors - the presses have changes and these errors have not occurred since 1985

Tabletop50centObvs.jpg

 

Reverse of 1984 and 1985 Ramstrike errors

Tabletop50centsreverses.jpg

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I'm still looking for the Royal Visit coin from circulation but it has proven to be VERY tough! :ninja: I'll post my other commemoratives later ;)

QX - send me an email and I'll post you one - I have a some spare.

 

I also realized I haven't put the Accession and Coronation 50's in here.

 

You put in any you want and I'll fill the gaps

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The 2007 50 cents is shockingly difficult to find from circulation. So far I have handled about 10 and the mintage report from last year was at a mere 1.8 million but that was only up to June 2007. Perhaps a bit more were struck later in the years but I am somewhat dubious as I am hearing reporting of people getting 2008 coins - so far I have got a 2008 20 cents coin. Should add that when I have the time.

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