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20 Cents - Elizabeth II International Year of Planet Earth; Silver Proof

20 Cents - Elizabeth II (International Year of Planet Earth; Silver Proof) -  obverse 20 Cents - Elizabeth II (International Year of Planet Earth; Silver Proof) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley

Features

Country Australia
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2008
Value 20 Cents
0.20 AUD = 0.14 USD
Composition Silver (.999)
Weight 13.36 g
Diameter 28.52 mm
Thickness 2.5 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
References KM# 1058a
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)

Commemorative issue

Fine Silver Set - International Year of Planet Earth

Obverse

4th portrait of Queen Elizabeth II facing right wearing the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2008
IRB

Engraver: Ian Rank-Broadley

Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS is a British sculptor who has produced many acclaimed works, among which are several designs for British coinage.

Reverse

Map of Australia in a circle surrounded by waves. The circle is then surrounded by clouds and breaking waves.

Lettering:
TWENTY CENTS
G
INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF PLANET EARTH

Engraver: Vladimir Gottwald

Vladimir Gottwald was a member of the Royal Australian Mint's Design and Engraving Section. His portrait, designed following the British Royal Mint's invitation for a new effigy in 1996, was among the three designs submitted to Her Majesty for approval. Although Rank-Broadley's design was eventually chosen, Gottwald's design was approved for a once only use to commemorate the Royal Visit in 2000.

Edge

Milled/Reeded

20 Cents - Elizabeth II (International Year of Planet Earth; Silver Proof)

© Mike Bentley

Comments

This Fine Silver (.999) Proof NCLT Commemorative coin was issued as part of the 2008 Fine Silver Six Coin Proof Set which contained silver versions of coin releases in 2008. A standard 5 cent, standard 10 cent, standard 50 cent, commemorative $1,standard $2 cent and this commemorative 20 cent coin were part of the set. The coins were issued in capsules in a beautiful wooden box. In addition a special release for the World Money Fair in Berlin was issued, mintage 1,000.



An Copper-nickel NCLT version of the coin was released in the 2008 Year 6 Coin UNC set by the RAM as well as a Proof version that was issued in a special two coin proof set that included a standard MOR $1 coin.

The coin commemorates The United Nations declared 2008 International Year of Planet Earth adopting the theme "earth sciences for society". Geological hazards are a key issue for the United Nations and promoting this year was the biggest international effort to promote this field of scientific endeavour.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
2008  2,600 Proof in Fine Silver Set
2008  1,000 Proof in WMF Fine Silver Set

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20 Cents - Elizabeth II (International Year of Planet Earth; Silver Proof)