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2 Cents - Elizabeth II 2nd portrait

2 Cents - Elizabeth II (2nd portrait) -  obverse 2 Cents - Elizabeth II (2nd portrait) -  reverse

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Features

Country Australia
Type Common coin
Years 1966-1984
Value 2 Cents
0.02 AUD = 0.015 USD
Metal Bronze
Weight 5.2 g
Diameter 21.6 mm
Thickness 1.5 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
References KM# 63, Schön# 50
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)
Weltmünzkatalog
by Gerhard Schön, Günter Schön
(Battenberg Gietl Verlag)

Obverse

2nd portrait of Queen Elizabeth II facing right wearing the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara

Lettering: ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1966

Engraver: Arnold Machin

Arnold Machin O.B.E., R.A. was a British artist, sculptor, coin and stamp designer.

Reverse

Frill-necked Lizard (Chlamydosaurus kingii), also known as the Frilled Dragon, endemic to Australia and south New Guinea.

NOTE: the 1966 issue comes from three different mints, the coins are distinguishable by tiny differences at the claws of the lizard:
Perth mint: the first finger at the left hand (from viewer's point of view) has a blunted claw
Melbourne mint: the second finger at the right hand has a blunted claw
Canberra mint: both fingers have claws

Lettering:
2
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

Smooth

Comments

Normal circulating 1 and 2 cent coins were demonetised in February 1992 and after removal from circulation, the coins were melted down to make bronze medals for the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia.

The 3 mints on the 1966 coin (http://www.australian-threepence.com/blog/2010/03/australian-1966-2c-mint-marks.html)

Ole

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Year Mintage VG F VF XF UNC Exchange
1966  145,226,000 Canberra Mint; No blunted claws
1966  66,575,000 Melbourne Mint; Blunted 2nd right claw
1966  217,735,000 Perth Mint; Blunted 1st left claw
1966  16,000 Proof year set
1966  Uncirculated year set
1967  73,250,000
1967  Without designer's initials on reverse
1968  17,000,000
1969  12,940,000
1969  Uncirculated year set
1969  13,000 Proof year set
1970  39,872,000
1970  Uncirculated year set
1970  15,000 Proof year set
1971  60,735,000
1971  Uncirculated year set
1971  10,000 Proof year set
1972  77,570,000
1972  Uncirculated year set
1972  10,000 Proof year set
1973  94,058,000
1973  Uncirculated year set
1973  10,000 Proof year set
1974  177,723,000
1974  Uncirculated year set
1974  11,000 Proof year set
1975  100,045,000
1975  Uncirculated year set
1975  23,000 Proof year set
1976  121,882,000
1976  Uncirculated year set
1976  21,000 Proof year set
1977  102,000,000
1977  Uncirculated year set
1977  55,000 Proof year set
1978  128,700,000
1978  Uncirculated year set
1978  39,000 Proof year set
1979  69,705,000
1979  Uncirculated year set
1979  36,000 Proof year set
1980  145,603,000
1980  Uncirculated year set
1980  68,000 Proof year set
1981  247,300,000
1981  Uncirculated year set
1981  86,000 Proof year set
1982  121,770,000
1982  Uncirculated year set
1982  100,000 Proof year set
1983  177,227,000
1983  Uncirculated year set
1983  80,000 Proof year set
1984  57,963,000
1984  Uncirculated year set
1984  61,000 Proof year set

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