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25 Dollars - Elizabeth II 6th Portrait - Australian Coinage Portrait 1998-2019 - Gold Proof

Features

Country Australia
Queen Elizabeth II (1952-date)
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2019
Value 25 Dollars
25.00 AUD = 18 USD
Currency Dollar (1966-date)
Composition Gold (.9999)
Weight 7.7757 g
Diameter 21.69 mm
Thickness 2 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑

Commemorative issue

6th Effigy

Obverse

6th crowned portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II facing right, wearing the George IV State Diadem and the Victorian Coronation Necklace

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II
AUSTRALIA 2019
JC

Engraver: Jody Clark

Jody Clark is a British engraver employed by the Royal Mint, notable for designing the fifth and latest portrait of Queen Elizabeth II to feature on coins of the pound sterling.

Reverse

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

Lettering:
AUSTRALIAN COINAGE PORTAIT 1998-2019
IRB
TWENTY FIVE DOLLARS

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.

Edge

Reeded

Mint

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

Comments

Released by the RAM is this NCLT $25 Fine Gold (.999au) coin which commemorates the use of Ian Rank-Broadley's portrait of the Queen used on Australian coins from 1998 to 2019. In Australia and the UK this was widely known as the "4th Portrait".  In effect this appears to be a two headed coin because the IRB Obverse has been used on the Reverse of this coin.

Portraits of the Queen used on Australian coins are as follows....
1st Portrait - Mary Gillick - 1953 - 1965
2nd Portrait - Arnold Machin - 1966 -1984
3rd Portrait - Ralph David Makleof - 1985 - 1998
4th Portrait - Ian Rank-Broadley - 1998 - 2019
However there was another Queen Elizabeth portrait used on Australian coins. It was only used on one coin in the year 2000, that was the circulation 50 cent commemorating the Royal Visit of that year. It has a unique portrait done by Vladimir Gotwald, this was actually the 5th portrait.

This is why the new effigy by Jody Clark as depicted on the obverse of this Gold $25 coin, to be used on Australian coins from 2019, is known as the 6th effigy (or 6th Portrait).

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC
2019  750 Proof in case

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