On offer here is an original 1966 green card uncirculated decimal coin set.
The casing has a couple of small cracks and the coins inside are showing some age pantina but they are all in fine condition.
A unique piece of Australian history and a must for any serious coin collector.
Produced by the Royal Australian Mint, all current coins portray Her Majesty Elizabeth II, Queen of Australia, on the obverse, with the present effigy having been designed by Ian Rank-Broadley. This is matched with designs by the Australian-born artist Stuart Devlin on the reverse. They now comprise 50c, 20c, 10c and 5c coins – all still referred to as ‘silver’ though actually 75% copper and 25% nickel, and for many years there were also “bronze” 2c and 1c coins.
The 50c coin originally had a circular shape, and contained 80% silver and 20% copper, so that the material of the coin was worth more than 50c. It was made to almost identical dimensional specifications as the British 2’6 pence half crown. However, to avoid confusion among the round coins, and because of its excess value, it was only produced for one year then withdrawn from circulation; there were no 50 cent coins minted for 1967 or 1968. It was changed to a 12-sided shape for 1969 and all following years, but the 12 sided issue was minted as a specimen piece in 1966-67 to test the design. It has since been issued in both standard and commemorative designs.
The standard designs on both versions of the coin are the same: the obverse carries the effigy of the sovereign, and the reverse shows the Coat of Arms of Australia. The dodecagonal version has a mass of 15.55 g and a diameter of 31.5 mm, and the round silver version has a mass of 13.28 g and diameter of 31.5 mm. 94.13 Australian 1966 round 50c coins make up a fine kilogram of silver.
Many Australians wrongly believe that the 1966 round 50c piece is quite rare, when in fact Royal Australian Mint records indicate that some 36 million examples were struck, and 14 million were released into circulation. Nearly all the Australian round 50-cent coins from 1966 that remain in existence are now only traded for their bullion value. They are often confused with the round 50c coin from New Zealand with the date 1967-2006, which has a maritime scene on the reverse.
A Time In Australian History When:
The first National Service conscripts fly out from Richmond RAAF base in Sydney bound for Vietnam
St Kilda defeats Collingwood in the VFL Grand Final
Jack Brabham is named Australian Of The Year
Victoria extends hotel trading hours from 6pm to 10pm, ending the infamous “Six O’Clock Swill”.
Driving with a blood alcohol level over 0.05% becomes a criminal offence.