2011 Fifty Years of Triple Zero 000 50c Card
Commemorating 50 years of the triple zero emergency call service for fire, ambulance and police this 50c is pad printed in full colour, the reverse designed by Wojciech Pietranik. Just like 911 in the USA and 999 in the UK Aussies know that if they dial OOO (or 112 on a mobile), help is near.
A free call from any phone, if you're in need of help, an operator will direct your call to the appropriate police, fire, or ambulance needed for a speedy response. It was in 1961 the Postmaster General (PMG, now known as Telstra) introduced the three digit number initially in major population centre's but became the national number for emergencies. Prior to this there was no universal number for help.
Struck on a cupro-nickel dodecagonal or 12 sided planchet this 50c is the same that you would find in circulation but is NCLT (non-circulating legal tender). It features the standard effigy of Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank-Broadley. It has been issued in a protective plastic blister which snaps into a credit card sized collector card.
**This is a stock image. Items are second hand and the packaging may have some light scuffs and marks.