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2 Dollars - Elizabeth II 2nd portrait, Silver Proof

2 Dollars - Elizabeth II (2nd portrait, Silver Proof) -  obverse 2 Dollars - Elizabeth II (2nd portrait, Silver Proof) -  reverse

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Features

Country Australia
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2006
Value 2 Dollars
2.00 AUD = 1.35 USD
Composition Silver (.999)
Weight 8.55 g
Diameter 20.5 mm
Thickness 3 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑

Commemorative issue

Fine Silver Proof Set - 40 Yrs Decimal Currency

Obverse

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

Lettering:
Elizabeth II
Australia
2006

Engraver: Arnold Machin

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

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

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)

Comments

This Fine Silver (.999) Proof $2 Dollar coin was released as part of the annual Fine Silver Proof Year Set in 2006. This set celebrated 40 years since decimalisation and included all eight Australian Decimal coins issued since then. The set also featured the original 1966 Arnold Machin obverse on each coin.

The Royal Australian Mint began releasing Fine Silver Year Sets in 2003 and have continued to do so since then. The Aboriginal Man standard reverse $2 coin has been included in the Fine Silver Proof Year set every year except for 2016 when it was not included. The 2006 Fine Silver Year Set is the only one to include the original design $2 with the Arnold Machin obverse making this a very unique coin. This Silver Proof coin is 3.5mm thick whereas the standard $2 coin is 3.2mm thick.

The Fine Silver Proof Set for 2006 also included a, 1 cent, 2 cent, 5 cent, 10 cent, 20 cent, round 50 cent and $1 coin as well as this $2 coin. The set was issued in a jarrah wood presentation case.



The standard Aluminium-bronze version of the $2 coin which this Silver coin is based on was introduced into circulation in Australia in 1988 to replace the old $2 Note.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
2006  5,829 Proof in 8 Coin Silver Year Set

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2 Dollars - Elizabeth II (2nd portrait, Silver Proof)