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25 Cents - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait - Kookaburra 1919 Pattern - Silver Proof

Features

Country Australia
Queen Elizabeth II (1952-date)
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2019
Value 25 Cents
0.25 AUD = 0.18 USD
Currency Dollar (1966-date)
Composition Silver (.999)
Weight 7.784 g
Diameter 22 mm
Thickness 3 mm
Shape Square with rounded corners
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑

Commemorative issue

100th Anniversary of 1919-1921 Kookaburra Patterns

Obverse

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

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II
IRB
AUSTRALIA 2019

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

Kookaburra facing right on branch.

Lettering:
AUSTRALIA
25 CENTS

Edge

Smooth

Mint

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

Comments

Released in a boxed set of 3 Fine Silver (.999) Proof coins is this replica of the original trial 25 cent coin that was never issued.


In 1919, the Australian Government proposed to replace pennies and halfpennies with square coins featuring a Kookaburra on their reverse. The Royal Mint trialed a series of square coins featuring the Laughing Kookaburra on their reverse. Approximately 200 of these trial pieces were produced, in thirteen different ''types'' between 1919-1921. In the end, the Kookaburra pennies and halfpennies never reached circulation. The Australian public resisted the change and elderly people were concerned by the small size of the coins. Furthermore, there were technical difficulties - the coins did not work in vending machines that were becoming popular, and the hard alloy made them more costly to produce. These trial pieces were never circulated but they were destined to become some of Australia’s rarest and most valued numismatic collectibles.

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC
2019  3,000 Proof in Set of Three Coins

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