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20 Cents - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait - Masterpiece in Silver - 1938 Florin

20 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Masterpiece in Silver - 1938 Florin) -  obverse20 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Masterpiece in Silver - 1938 Florin) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley

Features

Country Australia
Queen Elizabeth II (1952-date)
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 1998
Value 20 Cents
0.20 AUD = 0.14 USD
Currency Dollar (1966-date)
Composition Silver (.999)
Weight 13.36 g
Diameter 28.52 mm
Thickness 2.5 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑

Commemorative issue

Masterpiece in Silver - Coins of the 20th Centur

Obverse

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

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II
AUSTRALIA 1998
IRB
TWENTY CENTS

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

Revised Coat of Arms
Kangaroo & wattle leaves to left, Emu & wattle leaves to right, Oversized Crown above, Crest with emblems of the Six States of Australia in centre. From Top Left, NSW, Vic, QLD, SA, WA, TAS.

Lettering:
FLO RIN
K·G
1938
AUSTRALIA

Engraver: George Kruger Gray

George Kruger Gray was an English artist, best remembered for his designs of coinage and stained glass windows.

Edge

Fully Reeded or Milled Reeded

20 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Masterpiece in Silver - 1938 Florin) -  obverse

© Mike Bentley

Mint

Royal Australian Mint, Canberra, Australia (1965-date)

Comments

This NCLT Fine Silver (.999) NCLT coin was released as part of the 1998 Masterpieces of Silver set ("Coins of the 20th Century ") which contained eight twenty-cent/florin sized coins and a pre-decimal crown.

The reverse of this stunning coin is a replica of the original 1938 Silver Florin which had the updated Australian Coat of Arms, however the obverse has the 1998 Ian Rank-Broadley fourth Portrait of Queen Elizabeth the Second.

An interesting side note about this Australian Coat of Arms is that the one representing South Australia on the lower left is incorrect. It should have been a Piping Shrike but instead showed three stalks of wheat and a rising sun.

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC
1998  15,000 Proof in Masterpieces in Silver Set

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