2 Dollars - Elizabeth II 3rd portrait

2 Dollars - Elizabeth II (3rd portrait) -  obverse2 Dollars - Elizabeth II (3rd portrait) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley

Features

Country Australia
Queen Elizabeth II (1952-date)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1988-2018
Value 2 Dollars
2.00 AUD = 1.54 USD
Currency Dollar (1966-date)
Composition Aluminium-bronze
Weight 6.6 g
Diameter 20.5 mm
Thickness 3.2 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
References KM# 101,
  • Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248979.
  • Thomas Michael (editor), Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2016. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700 (7th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248573.
  • Thomas Michael (editor); 2016. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800 (7th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440247064.
  • Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900 (9th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248955.
  • Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000 (47th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248962.
Schön# 72
  • Gerhard Schön; 2020. Weltmünzkatalog 20. Jahrhundert: 1901-2000 (47. Auflage). Gietl Verlag, Regenstauf, Germany. ISBN 9783866461840.
  • Helmut Kahnt, Günter Schön; 2016. Weltmünzkatalog 19. Jahrhundert: 1801-1900 (17. Auflage). Gietl Verlag, Regenstauf, Germany. ISBN 9783866461185.
  • Gerhard Schön, Sebastian Krämer; 2017. Weltmünzkatalog 21. Jahrhundert: 2001-2016 (3. Auflage). Gietl Verlag, Regenstauf, Germany. ISBN 9783866461383.

Obverse

3rd portrait of Queen Elizabeth II facing right wearing the King George IV State Diadem

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II
AUSTRALIA 1988
RDM

Engraver: Raphael David Maklouf

Raphael David Maklouf is a sculptor, best known for designing the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II used on the coins of many Commonwealth nations. Maklouf was born in Jerusalem emigrating with his family to the United Kingdom after the Second World War. He attended the Camberwell School of Art until 1958, afterward becoming an academic lecturer for ten years. He was made an Associate of the Royal Society of British Sculptors in 1979. Raphael Maklouf was born to a Jewish family. His father is Samuel Maklouf, born in Safed, Raphael Makouf's mother is Leonie Maklouf.

Reverse

1/2 length figure of Aboriginal man at left, Southern Cross above, denomination at right, designer's initials below, Grass Tree to the far right

Lettering:
2
DOLLARS
HH

Engraver: Horst Hahne

Horst Hahne PSM, is an Australian sculptor, medallist and designer. Signature: "HH"

Edge

Smooth with 4 short reeded segments (5 grooves each)

2 Dollars - Elizabeth II (3rd portrait) -  obverse

© Mike Bentley

Mint

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

Comments

The Australian two dollar coin was introduced on 20th June 1988 replacing the $2 note that was withdrawn from circulation.  This last $2 Note & First $2 Coin Set was a private issue that celebrated the withdrawal and introduction of the paper note and the metal coin.



As with the one dollar paper note, the $2 note had a short service life and replacement with a coin was very cost effective. The Australian 2 dollar coin standard design is that of an Aboriginal elder and was the only design used until 2012 when the Mint began a run of commemorative $2 coins, some with colour printing. The designers initials (HH) only appeared on the 1988 & 1989 Coins.

This coin was re-issued dated 2018 in this 30th Anniversary of the Two Dollar Coin (1988-2018) Set:


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Date Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1988  160,852,000 1.62 1.52 1.79 1.90 2.20 2.46 4.61 68% Circulation (HH Initials)
1988  101,518 11.99 1.1% Proof Year Set
1988  0.08% UNC in $2 Note & Coin Set
1988  240,000 5.08 1.0% UNC Year Set
1989  31,637,000 1.46 1.50 1.79 3.37 18% Circulation (HH Initials)
1989  67,618 6.02 0.8% Proof Year Set
1989  150,602 0.6% UNC Year Set
1990  10,338,500 1.49 1.51 1.42 8% Circulation
1990  51,015 0.3% Proof Year Set
1990  103,766 0.5% UNC Year Set
1991  1,000 0.03% Proof Singapore Coin Fair Set
1991  41,490 0.4% Proof Year Set
1991  200 0.03% UNC Singapore Coin Fair Set
1991  147,700 1.0% UNC Year Set
1992  15,504,000 1.51 10% Circulation
1992  56,367 0.5% Proof Year Set
1992  118,528 0.5% UNC Year Set
1993  4,873,500 2.00 5% Circulation
1993  40,255 0.3% Proof Year Set
1993  27,000 0.03% UNC Gumnut Baby Set
1993  86,068 0.3% UNC Year Set
1994  22,143,000 1.44 2.05 1.62 13% Circulation
1994  39,004 0.5% Proof Year Set
1994  39,958 0.03% UNC Gumnut Baby Set
1994  91,942 0.4% UNC Year Set
1995  15,528,500 2.07 1.44 1.79 9% Circulation
1995  6,704 0.03% Proof Gumnut Baby Set
1995  48,537 14.12 0.4% Proof Year Set
1995  36,190 0.03% UNC Gumnut Baby Set
1995  96,079 0.3% UNC Year Set
1996  13,909,000 1.74 1.93 3.07 9% Circulation
1996  3,985 0.03% Proof Gumnut Baby Set
1996  33,350 18.69 0.3% Proof Year Set
1996  25,727 0.03% UNC Gumnut Baby Set
1996  108,773 0.3% UNC Year Set
1997  19,039,000 1.44 1.19 1.51 1.55 11% Circulation
1997  3,617 0.03% Proof Gumnut Baby Set
1997  32,543 0.2% Proof Year Set
1997  27,421 0.03% UNC Gumnut Baby Set
1997  71,022 0.4% UNC Year Set
1998  8,719,000 2.04 3.24 7% Circulation
1998  5,269 0.13% Proof Koala Baby Set
1998  32,225 0.4% Proof Year Set
1998  31,810 0.03% UNC Koala Baby Set
1998  74,108 0.5% UNC Year Set
2018  1,988 0.08% Proof 30th Anniversary Set
2018  30,000 4.77 1.0% UNC 30th Anniversary Set

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