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Fifty years of the 50 cent coin: celebrating our unique dodecagonal coins

50th Anniversary of the Australian 50c Coin
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The 50th Anniversary of the introduction of the copper-nickel dodecagon 50 cent coin is celebrated today with a new limited edition collectible coin set by the Royal Australian Mint. Celebrating not only fifty years but also five different effigies that have featured on the coins since 1969.

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International Year of Indigenous Languages commemorated with new coins launched by Royal Australian Mint and AIATSIS

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The United Nation General Assembly’s proclamation that 2019 is the International Year of Indigenous Languages is commemorated with Australia’s newest circulating 50 cent coin.  Launching in Adelaide, the coin has been produced by the Royal Australian Mint and developed in collaboration with the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS).  

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The end of an Effigy: The final Gold and Silver Coins to feature Ian Rank-Broadley's design

2019 Fine Silver Proof Year Set
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The Royal Australian Mint (the Mint) will begin phasing out the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 2019.  The end of an era for Australian currency, the Ian Rank-Broadley design has been proudly included on the obverse of Australia’s coin currency since 1998, and was the fifth effigy of the Queen to be featured. 

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