Australian Fifty Cent Coins

2000 Millennium 50c

Copper-Nickel

In 2000 to celebrate the Millennium a commemorative 50c designed by Australian Vladimir Gottwald was released by the Royal Australian Mint.
The reverse has a stylised Australian Flag with "MILLENNIUM" and "50 CENTS" surrounding.

2000 Australian Millennium 50c
The effigy is the standard Ian Rank-Broadley designed obverse.
The circulation strikes often display quite a lot of Machine Doubling Damage (MDD), this coin shows quite a lot of MDD. The presses at the RAM were by this time getting quite old and many circulation issues from 2000 and 2001 display quite a lot of MDD, this prompted the mint to upgrade it's presses. The large almost dome shape of the flag with the large empty areas of the design means this coin highlights any bagging and wear marks, indeed finding a "clean" example can be quite difficult. The circulation strikes often display quite a lot of Machine Doubling Damage (MDD), this coin shows quite a lot of MDD. The presses at the RAM were by this time getting quite old and many circulation issues from 2000 and 2001 display quite a lot of MDD, this prompted the mint to upgrade it's presses.
Vladimir enjoys a very successful career as a designer and sculptor. He studied at the National Conservatory, after which he worked at the National Museum, both in Czechoslovakia. During his employment at the Bohemia Porcelain factory, Vladimir also exhibited his works at Casanova’s Castle. Vladimir emigrated to Australia in 1980 and joined the Mint in 1990. Since then he has designed many of Australia’s coins, and his 1995 Waltzing Matilda design for the $1 coin was awarded the prestigious Trade Coin of the Year prize.
The 50-cent coin released into general circulation by the Royal Australian Mint to commemorate the Royal Visit in March 2000 has been voted the best circulating coin of the year by the international minting community, in the annual Coin of the Year competition conducted by Krause Publications of the USA.





Nominal Specifications

Denomination: 50 cents
Metal: 75% Copper
25% Nickel
Mass: 15.55 grams
Diameter: 31.50 mm
Reverse: Vladimir Gottwald
Obverse: Ian Rank-Broadley


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