50 Years Australian Decimal Currency
Downies Coins Pty Ltd, Australia
Selective gold plating
B.H. Mayer (Germany)
Description of obverse and reverse
The obverse of the coin depicts a portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
The reverse design incorporates the animals featured on the 1966 first decimal coins. Includes a commemorative inscription at centre ‘50 Years, Australian Decimal Currency 1966’. Background features the iconic wattle and leaves.
A brief annotation
Enhanced with selective gold plating, the 7 animals and birds featured represent Australia’s iconic fauna. The Emu, Frilled Neck Lizard, Feathertail Glider, Platypus, Kangaroo, Echidna and Lyrebird are represented – each was shown on Australia’s 1966 coinage.