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Australia Silver Jubilee

1977  Fifty Cent reverse 1977  Fifty Cent obverse

1977 Fifty Cent

Reverse Designer:Stuart Devlin Obverse Designer:Arnold Machin Size:32mm Weight:15.55g Edge:Plain Composition:75% Copper
25% Nickel


Sales History


1977 marked the 25 year anniversary of Queen Elizabeth's accession to the throne and the Royal Australian Mint decided to celebrate with the release of this commemorative 50 cent coin, which was issued into general circulation and was also finished to proof standard for collectors. The Silver Jubilee was a momentous occasion, which saw celebrations take place around the world, particularly in the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and other nations of which Elizabeth II is Queen or Head of State.During the jubilee year the Queen and Prince Phillip made a number of trips including a tour of Australia. Like most commemorative issues, the coin was often hoarded and as a result is quite common in mint state and still on occasion found in circulation today with its original mint lustre intact.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was born in 1926 and was named Elizabeth Alexandra Mary. She was born in London the eldest daughter of Prince Albert, Duke of York who would go on to become King George VI and his wife Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon. The young Elizabeth was known by the immediate family as Lillibet and she had a younger sibling, Princess Margaret. (Wikipedia, 2013) At the time of her birth, Elizabeth was third in line to her thrown whilst her father Prince Albert was second behind his elder brother. When Elizabeth's grand-father, King George V died her Uncle Edward became King. Later that same year, 1936 and coming as quite a shock to the family, Edward abdicated the throne in order to marry an American divorcee leading Prince Albert to succeed as King George VI. Elizabeth became heiress presumptive and as the King didn't go on to have a son, she would go on to become the Queen of the United kingdom and the Commonwealth realms. During the Second World War both Elizabeth and her sister Margaret remained in the UK. They were educated at home and began to make public appearances from an early age.

Elizabeth met Prince Phillip of Greece and Denmark, her distant cousin a number of times throughout her childhood. In 1939 at the age of just 13 they began exchanging letters during which time she is said to have fallenin love. There engagement was announced 8 years later in 1947. The engagement was met with some controversy as many did not think Price Phillip good enough and his foreign origin was opposed. He dropped his title and took his British mothers maiden name and the couple were married with two children by 1950. After the war the health of King George VI began to decline and Elizabeth was taking on more and more royal responsibilities. In 1952 she heard news of her father death whilst touring Kenya and returned home to be made Queen.

The televised coronation of Queen Elizabeth II took place on 2 June 1953 at Westminster Abbey. Elizabeth is a popular Queen who has taken part in numerous historic meetings has witnessed major national and global events through her reign. She has had her own personal celebrations and sorrows relating to her family and celebrated her Silver, Golden and Diamond Jubilees.

The reverse of this commemorative 50 cent coin was designed by Stuart Devlin specifically to celebrate the silver jubilee. Creating a ring in the centre of the coin is the legend SILVER JUBILEE:50 CENTS Surrounding this creating a thick border to the edge of the coin are 25 crows side by side to mark the 25 years that Queen Elizabeth II has been on the throne. The official portrait of the Queen in 1977, the year of this coins release was designed by Arnold Machin as is featured here, on the obverse of the coin. The traditional legend surrounding the portrait has gone largely unchanged and as ever reads ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1997. The reverse design was reproduced later by the Royal Australian Mint, struck into fine silver to be included in the 1989 Masterpieces in Silver collection.

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