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TikTok user reveals tiny detail on Australian 50c coin could be worth up to $30 

TikTok user reveals tiny detail on Australian 50c coin could be worth up to  
TikTok user reveals tiny detail on Australian 50c coin could be worth up to  

Check your wallet NOW: The tiny detail that means your 50c coin could be worth a lot more

  • An Australian coin collector and detector show small detail on some 50c coins
  • Detail can value some of these 50c coins at up to $30 depending on condition
  • Called ‘double bar’ 50c coin identified by two tiny pieces of metal behind emu 
  • Detail found in coins minted in 1979 and 1980 with claims a 2006 coin also has it 










An Australian coin collector and detector has pointed out a tiny detail in some 50c coins that means it could be worth up to $30.

Michael McCauley posted a video to his TikTok account showing the easy-to-miss detail seen on a select few 50c coins.

Called a ‘double bar’ 50c coin, the defining feature is two tiny pieces of metal coming across from behind the head of the emu on the tails side of the coin.  

This detail is only seen on a few coins dated in 1979 and 1980. 

Mr McCauley said the coins can sell for between $2 to $30 depending on their condition.  

In a comment, he revealed the bars were an error caused in the minting process when the dies that strike the coin deteriorate, causing the anomalies. 

A coin collector has pointed out the 'double bar' 50c coin detail that could value some coins at up to $30 (pictured)

A coin collector has pointed out the ‘double bar’ 50c coin detail that could value some coins at up to $30 (pictured) 

Viewers have remarked they have seen this version of the coin, with some commenting their unfortunate use of the rarity.  

‘I had one of these and put it through a parking meter. I hope it wasn’t worth more than 50c,’ one commented.

‘Just went and had a look and I have 13 of them,’ claimed another.

One commenter also said they found the same detail on a 2006 coin. 

The Royal Australian Mint says the most expensive coin to be sold in Australia is a Proof 1930 Penny that sold in March 2019 for a record $AUD1.15 million. 

There were only six of these minted in the world, none of which made it into circulation.  

The detail is only seen on coins minted in 1979 and 1980 although some viewers of the video have commented they saw the same detail on a coin minted in 2006

The detail is only seen on coins minted in 1979 and 1980 although some viewers of the video have commented they saw the same detail on a coin minted in 2006

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