50 Cents – Elizabeth II, Australia
This ring is made from 50 Cents coin, Australia, which has a design showing the coat of arms with an emu and kangaroo.
- Metal: copper/nickel
- Years: 1969-1984
- Size of coin ring: 15 – 23 mm (47-72)
- Silver plated
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About the coin:
The twelve-sided Australian fifty-cent coin is the third-highest denomination coin of the Australian dollar and the largest in terms of size in circulation. It is the only 12-sided coin of its size in the southern hemisphere. It was introduced in 1969 to replace the round fifty-cent coin issued in 1966.
The original, round, 50-cent coin was made of 80% silver and 20% copper; but as the value of a free-floating silver price became higher, the coin’s bullion value became more valuable than its face value; so that version was withdrawn from circulation and replaced with the dodecagonal cupro-nickel version.
It is by diameter the largest Australian coin currently issued and second largest after the Crown of 1937–38. It is also the heaviest Australian coin in common circulation. Many commemorative designs have been issued, the large size allowing for detailed content.
2nd portrait of Queen Elizabeth II facing right wearing the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara
Lettering: ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1983
Australia coat of arms (the escutcheon is carried by a red kangaroo (Macropus rufus) and an Emu (Dromaius novaehollandiae)) and the numeral “50”.
Designer’s mark “SD” below.
12 Sided Smooth
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NOTE: This is a handmade coin ring that used to be in circulation, which means that each coing ring is slightly different from the other. The ring you receive will not be exactly as pictured. Each ring is unique.
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