2 Dollars - Elizabeth II 3rd portrait

Features

Country Australia
Queen Elizabeth II (1952-date)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1988-2018
Value 2 Dollars
2.00 AUD = 1.47 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 ↑↑
Number N# 1568
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References KM# 101,
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA.
And 4 more volumes.
Schön# 72
Gerhard Schön; 2020. Weltmünzkatalog / 20. Jahrhundert: 1901-2000 (47. Auflage). Gietl Verlag, Regenstauf, Germany.
And 2 more volumes.

Obverse

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

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II
AUSTRALIA 1988
RDM

Designer: 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

Designer: 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The Australian two dollar coin was introduced on 20th June 1988 replacing the $2 note that was withdrawn from circulation.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. See below.


This coin with the Makleouf 3rd Portrait was re-issued dated 2018 in this 30th Anniversary of the Two Dollar Coin (1988-2018) Set:


© Amer Salmeh

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Date Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1988  160 852 000 1.61 1.51 1.59 1.90 2.21 2.46 5.04 68% Circulation (HH Initials)
1988  101 518 11.95 1.1% Proof Year Set
1988  0.07% UNC in $2 Note & Coin Set
1988  240 000 3.60 1.1% UNC Year Set
1989  31 637 000 1.46 1.50 1.92 18% Circulation (HH Initials)
1989  67 618 7.64 0.8% Proof Year Set
1989  150 602 6.81 0.7% UNC Year Set
1990  10 338 500 1.48 1.51 1.41 8% Circulation
1990  51 015 0.3% Proof Year Set
1990  103 766 0.5% UNC Year Set
1991  1 000 0.02% Proof Singapore Coin Fair Set
1991  41 490 0.4% Proof Year Set
1991  200 0.02% UNC Singapore Coin Fair Set
1991  147 700 4.72 1.1% 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 1.99 5% Circulation
1993  40 255 0.3% Proof Year Set
1993  27 000 0.02% UNC Gumnut Baby Set
1993  86 068 0.4% UNC Year Set
1994  22 143 000 1.44 2.04 1.61 13% Circulation
1994  39 004 0.5% Proof Year Set
1994  39 958 0.05% UNC Gumnut Baby Set
1994  91 942 0.4% UNC Year Set
1995  15 528 500 2.06 1.44 1.84 1.78 9% Circulation
1995  6 704 0.02% Proof Gumnut Baby Set
1995  48 537 14.07 0.4% Proof Year Set
1995  36 190 0.02% UNC Gumnut Baby Set
1995  96 079 0.3% UNC Year Set
1996  13 909 000 1.73 1.92 3.06 9% Circulation
1996  3 985 0.02% Proof Gumnut Baby Set
1996  33 350 18.63 0.2% Proof Year Set
1996  25 727 0.02% UNC Gumnut Baby Set
1996  108 773 0.3% UNC Year Set
1997  19 039 000 1.44 1.42 1.51 1.77 11% Circulation
1997  3 617 0.02% Proof Gumnut Baby Set
1997  32 543 0.20% Proof Year Set
1997  27 421 0.02% UNC Gumnut Baby Set
1997  71 022 0.4% UNC Year Set
1998  8 719 000 2.03 3.23 7% Circulation
1998  5 269 0.12% Proof Koala Baby Set
1998  32 225 0.4% Proof Year Set
1998  31 810 0.02% UNC Koala Baby Set
1998  74 108 0.5% UNC Year Set
2018  1 988 0.07% Proof 30th Anniversary Set
2018  30 000 4.76 0.9% UNC 30th Anniversary Set

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