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20 Cents - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait - Coming Home - End of WWII - Silver Proof

20 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Coming Home - End of WWII - Silver Proof) -  obverse 20 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Coming Home - End of WWII - Silver Proof) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley

Features

Country Australia
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2005
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# 745a
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)

Commemorative issue

Fine Silver Set - 60th Anniversary of the end of World War II

Obverse

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

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2005
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

Australian Soldier wearing slouch hat returned home after WWII embracing his wife and daughter.

Lettering:
WORLD WAR 1939-1945 COMING HOME
20

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

Reeded/Milled

20 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Coming Home - End of WWII - Silver Proof)

© Mike Bentley

Comments

This Fine Silver (.999) Proof NCLT Commemorative coin was issued as part of the 2005 Fine Silver Six coin Proof set which contained silver versions of coin releases in 2005. A standard 5 cent, standard 10 cent, this 20 cent commemorative, a commemorative 50 cent, a commemorative $1 and a standard $2 were part of the set. The coins were issued in capsules in a beautiful jarra wooden box.



Copper-nickel versions of this coin were released into circulation (Mintage 32,057,000) and also issued in the 2005 Proof, 2005 UNC, 2005 Baby & 2005 Wedding Sets.

The actual coin commemorates the 60th anniversary of the end of World War 2. This design was inspired by a photograph in the Australian War Memorial collection of a soldier returning home to his family.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
2005  6,200 Proof in Fine Silver Set

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