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2006 Proof Fifty Dollar reverse 2006 Proof Fifty Dollar obverse

2006 Proof Fifty Dollar

Reverse Designer:Wojciech Pietranik Obverse Designer:Ian Rank-Broadley Size:39mm Weight:36.51g Edge:Reeded Composition:49.26% Copper
43.05% Silver
21.36% Gold


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This Melbourne Commonwealth Games, fifty dollar coin commemorating the 2006 Melbourne Games was struck in copper, silver and gold. The reverse was designed by Wojciech Pietranik. The outer copper portion of the coin contained sixteen designs spread around the outside, each depicting a different discipline. In the silver section was the legend "XVIII COMMONWEALTH GAMES" written throughout its diameter. The gold centre contained the official Melbourne Commonwealth Games logo along with the legend "MELBOURNE 2006". The obverse contained an Ian Rank-Broadley portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II crowned with earrings and right-facing. The legend "ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2006 50 DOLLARS" surrounds the portrait along with a floral decoration around the edge.

The XVIII Commonwealth Games took place in Melbourne, Australia between the 15th - 26th March 2006. The Games included 24 disciplines held over the eleven days (Melbourne 2006, 2013) . There were athletes from 71 competing nations and territories. The opening ceremony contained the journey of the Queens Baton, which had travelled over 180,000 kilometres, continued down the Yarra River in the hands of the 16 Australian Football League captains. The baton was then handed to football legend Ron Barassi, then Olympic great Herb Elliott before entering the packed stadium. The baton travelled around the stadium in the hands of athletic champions Catherine Freeman, Ron Clarke and Marjorie Jackson-Nelson. The baton was presented to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by the Governor of Victoria, and former Olympian, John Landy. Indian athlete Samaresh Jung won the winner of the David Dixon Award for the most outstanding athlete of the Commonwealth Games. He won two individual golds, the first in the Men's 10m Air Pistol and then in the Men's 50m Pistol. He also won an individual bronze, a team silver and three team Gold medals. A total of 7 medals was topped by setting three new Games records.There were some amazing moments during the Melbourne Games but one stood out for the Australian public. Enter Australian Marathon champion Kerryn McCann, her second Gold medal along with an emotional victory lap with her son, have been heralded as the Most Memorable Moment of the Games by a panel of Australia's leading sports and news identities. McCann has led the race from start to finish with the exception of being headed at the 10 kilometre point.The Games were officially closed by His Royal Highness Prince Edward.

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