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20 Cents - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait - Silver Proof

20 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Silver Proof) -  obverse 20 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Silver Proof) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley

Features

Country Australia
Type Non-circulating coin
Years 1998-2019
Value 20 Cents
0.20 AUD = 0.14 USD
Composition Silver (.999)
Weight 13.36 g
Diameter 28.52 mm
Thickness 2.5 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
References KM# 403a
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)

Commemorative issue

Fine Silver etc Sets

Obverse

4th portrait of Queen Elizabeth II facing right wearing the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II
AUSTRALIA 1998
IRB

Engraver: Ian Rank-Broadley

Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS is a British sculptor who has produced many acclaimed works, among which are several designs for British coinage.

Reverse

Platypus with denomination superimposed

Lettering:
20
SD

Engraver: Stuart Devlin

Stuart Leslie Devlin, AO, CMG is a significant contemporary gold and silversmith. Australian-born, he has designed coins for countries around the world, and became especially well known as London-based designer of gold and silver collector's items in the 1970s and 80s.

Edge

Reeded

20 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Silver Proof)

© Mike Bentley

Comments

This is the Silver Proof (.999) version of the standard definitive Platypus Reverse 20 cent coin used in everyday circulation in Australia. The Ian Rank-Broadley Obverse is the third version of this iconic 20 cent coin.

This silver version of the 20 Cent Platypus coin was first released in the 1998 Masterpieces in Silver 9 coin set with 7 other 20 cent sized coins.

Then from 2004 it was released as part of the annual Fine Silver Proof Year Set. The Royal Australian Mint began releasing Fine Silver Year Sets in 2003 and have continued to do so since then. (The 2003 Fine Silver Set used the Year of the Volunteers reverse 20 cent coin) The Platypus standard reverse 20 cent coin (with IRB obverse) was included in the Fine Silver Proof Year of 2004 and then all of the sets from 2010 onwards.  

The Fine Silver Proof Set normally includes a 5 cent, 10 cent, 50 cent, $1 and $2 coin as well as this 20 cent coin. The sets are issued in a presentation case, initially made from wood but recently made from plastic or imitation wood.



The standard Copper-nickel version of the 20 cent coin which this Silver coin is based on was introduced into circulation in Australia in 1966 to replace the old £sd Florin.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
1998  15,000 Proof in Masterpieces in Silver Set
2004  6,500 Proof in Standard Fine Silver Year Set
2009  2,231 Proof in Standard Fine Silver Year Set
2010  2,040 Proof in Standard Fine Silver Year Set
2011  2,072 Proof in Standard Fine Silver Year Set
2012  1,400 Proof in Standard Fine Silver Year Set
2013  2,000 Proof in Standard Fine Silver Year Set
2014  500 Proof in Standard Fine Silver Year Set
2015  800 Proof in Standard Fine Silver Year Set
2016  1,966 Proof in 8 Coin Fine Silver Year Set
2017  1,000 Proof in Standard Fine Silver Year Set
2018  1,000 Proof in Armistice Fine Silver Year Set
2019  1,000 Proof in Standard Fine Silver Year Set

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