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2 Dollar - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait - Planetary Coins - Mars

2 Dollar - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Planetary Coins - Mars) -  obverse2 Dollar - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Planetary Coins - Mars) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley

Features

Country Australia
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2017
Value 2 Dollars
2 AUD = 1.37 USD
Currency Dollar (1966-date)
Composition Aluminium-bronze (Pad Printed)
Weight 6.6 g
Diameter 20.5 mm
Thickness 3.2 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑

Commemorative issue

Planetary Coins - Mars

Obverse

4th portrait of Queen Elizabeth II facing right wearing the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara set within a circle. Text outside of the circle.

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2017
IRB
2 DOLLARS

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

Depiction of the Planet Mars in pad printed Orange/Red.
Surrounded by Rocky Landscape with two Mars Rovers & Stars.
Planetary Symbol of Mars below.

Lettering:
MARS

Engraver: Aaron Baggio

Aaron Baggio is a designer with the Royal Australian mint.

Edge

4 longer smooth segments between 4 reeded segments (5 grooves each)

2 Dollar - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Planetary Coins - Mars) -  obverse

© Mike Bentley

Comments

This NCLT frosted proof type, colour pad printed coin is part of a 10 coin set released by the RAM. They are packaged within a coincard inside an information-filled pop-up book, featuring colour-printing and is the first time for a RAM collection to feature the bronze 1 and 2 cent blanks along with the aluminium bronze $1 and $2 blanks. The addition of two $5 blanks including a bi-metallic one to represent the rings of Saturn makes this set astronomical.

This particular $2 coin represents Mars the 4th Planet and has the Planetary Symbol for Mars on the reverse along with two Mars Rovers.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
2017  10,000 UNC in Coincard

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