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25 Cents - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait - Kookaburra 1920 Pattern

Features

Country Australia
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2019
Value 25 Cents
0.25 AUD = 0.17 USD
Currency Dollar (1966-date)
Composition Silver (.999)
Weight 7.784 g
Diameter 22.00 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

Reverse

Kookaburra facing right on branch.

Lettering:
AUSTRALIA
25 CENTS

Edge

Smooth

Comments

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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2019  3,000 Proof

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25 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Kookaburra 1920 Pattern)