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2 Cents - Elizabeth II 3rd portrait, Masterpieces in Silver

2 Cents - Elizabeth II (3rd portrait, Masterpieces in Silver) -  obverse 2 Cents - Elizabeth II (3rd portrait, Masterpieces in Silver) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley

Features

Country Australia
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 1991
Value 2 Cents
0.02 AUD = 0.014 USD
Composition Silver (.925)
Weight 6.06 g
Diameter 21.72 mm
Thickness 1.5 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
References KM# 79a
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)

Commemorative issue

25th Anniversary Decimal Currency

Obverse

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

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1985
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

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

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

Plain

2 Cents - Elizabeth II (3rd portrait, Masterpieces in Silver)

© Mike Bentley

Comments

Released by the RAM as part of the 1991 "Masterpieces in Silver" eight coin set, this 2 cent sterling silver proof coin commemorates the 25th anniversary of the introduction of Decimal Currency. This was the first complete set of Australian circulating coins released in sterling silver and the first sterling silver releases of Australian one, two, five, ten and twenty cent coins. 1991 was also the last year of one and two cent circulating coin production in Australia.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
1991  25,000 Masterpieces in Silver Set

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