Australian Fifty Cent Coins

2002 50th anniversary of Accession Silver Proof 50c

99.99% Silver Proof

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Her Majesty's Accession to the Throne, the Mint issued this elegant 50 cent silver proof coin.
This reverse design, created by Peter Soobik, depicts St Edward's Crown, Australia's Federation Star and dates, 1952 - 2002, the denomination and Royal Ciphers in a quaternary design, intersected by the words 'Elizabeth, Accession' and 'Fiftieth Anniversary'.

St Edward's Crown is a symbol of the Queen and Her Majesty's role as Australia's Head of State and was first used for the coronation of Charles II in 1661 and used in most coronations since that time, including that of Queen Elizabeth II.
The Federation Star is a symbol of Australia's federal system of government, and appears on the national flag. The seven points of the Star represent the six Australian States and Territories.
The well-known Royal Cipher of Queen Elizabeth II as reigning monarch during the last 50 years -'EIIR' and that of King George Vl, 'George VI', acknowledge the accession to the throne by Her Majesty on the death of her father King George VI.

This elegant coin pays tribute to a special milestone, and celebrates the continuity and unique contribution by the Queen, who has reigned for the last 50 years of Australia's 101 years as a Federation.

Nominal Specifications

Denomination: 50 cents
Metal: 99.99% Silver
Silver Content: 0.5864 oz
Mass: 18.24 grams
Diameter: 31.50 mm
Reverse: Peter Soobik
Obverse: Ian Rank-Broadley