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2000 Millennium 50c, Incused Flag Variety
|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.
Circa 2004 it was noticed that there was two different Union Jacks in circulation, the normal and incuse flag designs as they have become known. There is also slight differences in the way the stars are formed as well. The incuse flag is the much scarcer of the 2 varieties and was originally thought to be design used on the colourised proof of that year. Inspection of the proof coins disproved that theory as the colourised proofs are flat with no design stamped into the metal surface of the coin, rather the Union Jack is just, (for want of a better word), painted on the proof version.
Incused Flag Variety
|The Incused Flag Variety has the centre and Cross of St Andrews
incused, this is when the coin's design impressed on the coin so that the pattern sinks
into the flan. (The opposite of relief)
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