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The Royal Australian Mint issued this 50 cent coin, the first commemorative coin of the decimal era, in 1970 to celebrate the bicentenary of the navigation of Australia’s east coast by Captain James Cook.
Second crowned portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II facing right, wearing the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland tiara.
ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1970
Portrait of Captain James Cook, based on a painting by John Webber, superimposed over a map of Australia, with the date 1770 and a facsimile of his signature. The inclusion of Cook’s signature is thought to be the first use of a facsimile signature on a coin. A dotted line shows the ship Endeavour's passage up the east coast and across the north.
1770 James Cook
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