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2003 Aluminum Bronze 50 Cents UNC

Queen's Golden Jubilee

The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II took place in London on 2nd June 1953. Hundreds of thousands of people descended upon London for the coronation to watch the Queen ride from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Abbey in the ornate State or "Glass Coach", preceded by a long procession. During the coronation ceremony, conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Elizabeth swore the coronation oath. She was then consecrated and crowned with the St Edward's Crown, which dates from 1660 when it was commissioned for the coronation of King Charles II. The depressed central arches indicated it is the crown of a kingdom. The gold framework is set with about 440 precious and semi-precious stones.

This elegant pack pays tribute to a special milestone, and celebrates the continuity and unique contribution by the Queen, who has reigned for the last 51 years of Australia's 102 years as a Federation.

A total of 65,003* packs consisting of a specimen quality Aluminum Bronze 2003 50th Anniversary Of Coronation 50c Coin and two commemorative stamps, one each 50c and $2.45 were jointly issued by Australia Post and the Royal Australian Mint, Canberra on 2nd June 2003.
The postage stamps have been cancelled with a special ink mark which reads 'First Day of Issue 2nd June 2003 Elizabeth SA 5112'

Nominal Specifications

Denomination: 50c
Metal: Aluminum Bronze
Mass: 15.55 grams
Diameter: 31.50 mm
Reverse: Woijciech Pietranik
Obverse: Ian Rank-Broadley