20 Cents - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait

20 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait) - obverse20 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait) - reverse

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Features

Issuer Australia
Queen Elizabeth II (1952-2022)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1999-2019
Value 20 Cents
0.20 AUD = USD 0.13
Currency Dollar (1966-date)
Composition Copper-nickel (75% Copper, 25% Nickel)
Weight 11.31 g
Diameter 28.52 mm
Thickness 2 mm
Shape Round
Technique Milled
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Number
N#
1702
References KM# 403,
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, United States.
And 5 more volumes.
Schön# 419
Gerhard Schön; 2022. Weltmünzkatalog / 20. Jahrhundert: 1901-2000 (47. Auflage). Battenberg Gietl Verlag, Regenstauf, Germany.
And 1 more volumes.

Obverse

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

Script: Latin

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II
AUSTRALIA 2007
IRB

Designer: Ian Rank-Broadley

Reverse

Platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus) and the numeral "20"

Script: Latin

Lettering:
20
SD

Designer: Stuart Devlin

Edge

Reeded

20 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait) -  obverse

© Mike Bentley (CC BY-NC)

Mint

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

Comments

In 1999 the RAM updated the standard circulation Platypus 20 cent coin with the Ian Rank Broadley 4th Portrait of the Queen on the Obverse. The coin has also been issued in Uncirculated & Proof Year Sets, UNC in WMF Berlin Money Fair Sets, and various Baby UNC & Proof sets. Specimen versions of the coin were issued in Wedding Sets from 2002 to 2009. From 2010 all Wedding Sets were Proof issues. 2019 is the final year for the IRB Obverse.

The 2001 issues featured 3 different versions of the IRB Initials, "IRB" joined, "IRB" spaced and "RB" Joined.


The 2004 issued coin has two varieties, large and small QE II Head on the obverse, see this image.


Fine Silver (.999) Proof versions of the coin have been released in the Masterpieces in Silver 1998 Set & Fine Silver Proof Sets in 2004 & 2009 onwards.

2008 ‘Wave gap variety’
In the early 2010s it was noticed that a small number of 2008 Australian 20c pieces had a small gap between the wave and the playtpus' head, similar to the wave gap used as a mintmark on 1966 20c pieces. While it is a part of the design that is subject to die fill, it was realised that it was likely a genuine variety as the 2008 Wedding Set coins all exhibit the same wave gap. With a mintage of just 3,278 sets, the wave gap was unlikely to be due to die fill, especially as Wedding Set coins were specially struck. It seems likely that the Royal Australian Mint accidentally deployed a Wedding Set reverse die for the production of some circulating 20c pieces, though it is unclear why such a design change was made for the Wedding Set coins. The wave gap reverse design has not been noted on any other contemporary 20c pieces so it did not supercede the then in-use reverse design.

2008 20c circulation break-downs
Normal Wave gap
99.2%  0.8%
While the wave gap variety makes up a very small percentage of the total mintage, with 132,900,000 2008 20c pieces struck, there were approximately 1,000,000 wave gap coins struck. While a study has not been carried out, the high number of wave gap coins struck would suggest that more than one Wedding Set reverse die was used too.

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Date Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1999  35 718 0.02% BU Koala Baby Set
1999  70 067 0.6% BU Year Set
1999  64 181 000 $ 0.06 $ 0.13 $ 0.13 $ 0.39 $ 0.39 $ 0.39 $ 0.99 24% Circulation
1999  6 707 0.02% Proof Koala Baby Set
1999  28 000 0.4% Proof Year Set
2000  27 118 0.05% BU Koala Baby Set
2000  97 550 $ 5.70 0.6% BU Year Set
2000  35 584 000 $ 0.13 $ 0.13 $ 0.40 $ 0.53 $ 1.40 $ 1.40 15% Circulation
2000  15 517 0.03% Proof Koala Baby Set
2000  64 000 0.6% Proof Year Set
2001  32 494 0.03% BU Koala Baby Set
2001  90 822 $ 4.70 0.6% BU Year Set
2001  81 967 000 $ 0.14 $ 0.30 $ 0.45 $ 0.83 $ 2.10 8% Circulation - "IRB" joined
2001  $ 0.13 $ 0.38 $ 0.47 $ 0.61 $ 0.87 13% Circulation - "IRB" spaced
2001  $ 0.27 2% Circulation - "RB" joined
2001  15 011 0.02% Proof Koala Baby Set
2001  59 569 0.7% Proof Year Set
2001  1 0.02% Struck on a Bi-metal planchet
2002  32 479 0.03% BU Koala Baby Set
2002  68 752 0.6% BU Year Set
2002  27 244 000 $ 0.13 $ 0.13 $ 0.21 $ 0.24 $ 0.72 $ 8.00 10% Circulation
2002  13 996 0.05% Proof Koala Baby Set
2002  39 514 0.4% Proof Year Set
2002  3 322 0.02% Specimen Wedding Set
2004  31 036 0.08% BU Koala Baby Set
2004  67 795 $ 2.10 0.6% BU Year Set
2004  400 000 1.5% Circulation - Large Head Variety, Pointed "A"; see comments
2004  74 609 000 $ 0.14 $ 0.18 $ 0.32 $ 0.32 $ 0.32 $ 0.32 $ 1.10 18% Circulation - Small Head Variety, Flat Top "A"; see comments
2004  16 000 0.02% Proof Koala Baby Set
2004  50 000 0.4% Proof Year Set
2004  3 963 0.02% Specimen Wedding Set
2005  58 600 000 $ 0.13 $ 0.16 $ 0.16 $ 0.34 $ 0.34 $ 0.99 $ 1.20 16% Circulation
2005  1 0.15% Mule Coin in 2006 Proof Set
2006  32 095 0.05% BU Magic Pudding Baby Set
2006  1 500 0.03% BU WMF Berlin Money Fair
2006  84 407 $ 2.30 0.7% BU Year Set
2006  102 462 000 $ 0.13 $ 0.13 $ 0.21 $ 0.37 $ 0.50 $ 0.70 $ 1.70 23% Circulation
2006  15 127 0.02% Proof Magic Pudding Baby Set
2006  45 373 $ 4.90 0.5% Proof Year Set
2006  2 752 0.02% Specimen Wedding Set
2007  33 693 0.10% BU Magic Pudding Baby Set
2007  42 712 000 $ 0.15 $ 0.15 $ 0.18 $ 0.25 $ 0.46 $ 1.90 13% Circulation
2007  12 417 0.2% Proof Magic Pudding Baby Set
2007  30 516 0.3% Proof Year Set
2007  2 629 0.03% Specimen Wedding Set
2008  46 504 0.13% BU Magic Pudding Baby Set
2008  28 399 0.2% BU Two Coin Set
2008  106 220 000 $ 0.13 $ 0.19 $ 0.21 $ 0.38 $ 0.47 $ 1.70 24% Circulation
2008  0.5% Circulation - Wave Gap Variety
2008  15 500 0.02% Proof Magic Pudding Baby Set
2008  28 569 $ 4.30 0.5% Proof Year Set
2008  3 278 0.02% Specimen Wedding Set
2009  34 179 0.11% BU Blinky Bill Baby Set
2009  25 114 0.16% BU Two Coin Set
2009  43 600 000 $ 0.13 $ 0.37 $ 0.37 $ 1.40 $ 1.40 12% Circulation
2009  12 307 0.03% Proof Blinky Bill Baby Set
2009  23 257 0.5% Proof Year Set
2009  2 824 0.02% Specimen Wedding Set
2010  2 500 0.02% BU ANA Boston World Money Fair
2010  33 131 0.08% BU Blinky Bill Baby Set
2010  1 500 0.02% BU WMF Berlin Money Fair
2010  48 489 $ 3.30 0.6% BU Year Set
2010  32 100 000 $ 0.14 $ 0.37 $ 0.47 $ 0.58 $ 0.87 12% Circulation
2010  10 002 0.03% Proof Blinky Bill Baby Set
2010  2 493 0.03% Proof Wedding Set
2010  18 753 0.3% Proof Year Set
2011  27 168 0.07% BU Blinky Bill Baby Set
2011  1 500 0.02% BU WMF Berlin Money Fair
2011  40 383 $ 1.60 0.6% BU Year Set
2011  15 100 000 $ 0.13 $ 0.13 $ 0.48 5% Circulation
2011  8 008 0.02% Proof Blinky Bill Baby Set
2011  2 506 0.03% Proof Wedding Set
2011  15 597 0.2% Proof Year Set
2012  2 500 0.02% BU ANA Boston World Money Fair
2012  23 084 0.08% BU Dot & Kangaroo Baby Set
2012  1 500 0.03% BU WMF Berlin Money Fair
2012  57 054 $ 1.60 0.6% BU Year Set
2012  34 600 000 $ 0.13 $ 0.22 $ 0.22 $ 0.46 $ 1.10 8% Circulation
2012  9 273 0.03% Proof Dot & Kangaroo Baby Set
2012  2 027 0.02% Proof Wedding Set
2012  50 000 0.18% Proof Year Set
2013  21 001 0.05% BU Dot & Kangaroo Baby Set
2013  43 900 000 $ 0.13 $ 0.27 $ 0.27 $ 0.48 $ 1.50 8% Circulation
2013  8 000 0.02% Proof Dot & Kangaroo Baby Set
2013  850 0.02% Proof Wedding Set
2014  18 088 0.05% BU Dot & Kangaroo Baby Set
2014  1 500 0.02% BU WMF Berlin Money Fair
2014  42 277 $ 3.30 0.5% BU Year Set
2014  52 300 000 $ 0.22 $ 0.22 $ 0.22 $ 1.10 9% Circulation
2014  6 650 0.03% Proof Dot & Kangaroo Baby Set
2014  2 000 0.02% Proof Wedding Set
2014  14 814 0.3% Proof Year Set
2014  0.15% Wave gap variety
2015  18 500 0.07% BU Alphabet Baby Set
2015  1 000 0.02% BU WMF Berlin Money Fair
2015  48 682 0.5% BU Year Set
2015  24 400 000 $ 0.22 $ 0.31 5% Circulation
2015  6 552 0.02% Proof Alphabet Baby Set
2015  19 720 0.3% Proof Year set
2016  10 000 0.3% BU 50th Anniversary Set
2016  10 000 0.15% BU 50th Anniversary Set
2016  18 902 0.08% BU Alphabet Baby Set
2016  1 500 0.03% BU RAM Legends Six Coin Set
2016  1 250 0.02% BU WMF Berlin Money Fair
2016  29 800 000 $ 0.53 $ 0.53 $ 0.53 $ 2.00 5% Circulation
2016  7 019 0.03% Proof Alphabet Baby Set
2017  17 215 0.05% BU Alphabet Baby Set
2017  1 500 0.03% BU RAM Legends Six Coin Set
2017  1 250 0.03% BU WMF Berlin State Privymark 6 Coin Set
2017  45 793 $ 2.90 0.5% BU Year Set
2017  29 855 504 $ 0.15 $ 0.24 $ 0.40 $ 1.10 4% Circulation
2017  7 319 0.03% Proof Alphabet Baby Set
2017  8 207 0.3% Proof Year Set
2018  26 275 0.08% BU Possum Magic Baby Set
2018  1 500 0.03% BU RAM Legends Six Coin Set
2018  1 250 0.07% BU WMF Berlin Armistice 6 Coin Set
2018  46 216 $ 1.10 0.7% BU Year Set
2018  22 149 500 $ 0.16 $ 0.16 $ 0.16 3% Circulation
2018  3 000 0.03% Proof Milestones and Celebrations Set
2018  9 953 0.07% Proof Possum Magic Baby Set
2018  17 396 0.2% Proof Year Set
2019  11 641 0.07% BU Possum Magic Baby Set
2019  1 500 0.08% BU RAM Legends Six Coin Set
2019  1 250 $ 6.50 0.15% BU WMF Berlin Moon Landing 6 Coin Set
2019  55 547 $ 6.20 1.0% BU Year Set
2019  23 731 000 $ 0.98 3% Circulation
2019  1 016 0.02% Proof Milestones and Celebrations Set
2019  7 200 0.03% Proof Possum Magic Baby Set
2019  16 573 0.3% Proof Year Set

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