2 Cents - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait - 1966 Decimal Pattern

2 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - 1966 Decimal Pattern) -  obverse2 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - 1966 Decimal Pattern) -  reverse

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Country Australia
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2009
Value 2 Cents
0.02 AUD = 0.014 USD
Currency Dollar (1966-date)
Composition Silver (.999)
Weight 5.53 g
Diameter 21.60 mm
Thickness 3.00 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
References KM# 1250
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)

Commemorative issue

1966 Australian Decimal Patterns


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


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.


Fresh cluster of wattle, always a popular contender for Australia's national floral emblem, but not officially elevated to that position until 1988 - 22 years after the Mészáros design.


Engraver: Andor Mészáros

Andor Mészáros (1900-1972), born on 1 September 1900 in Budapest, is an architect and sculptor. Mészáros served in the Hungarian cavalry in 1918, but World War I ended before he saw action. Between 1919 and 1927 he studied building engineering at the Technische Hochschule (Vienna), sculpture at the Académie Julian (Paris) and architecture at the Budapesti Müszaki Egyetem. He also designed many medallions and medals.




The 1966 Australian Decimal Pattern Set honours the five reverse designs proposed by Andor Mészáros for Australia's new decimal coins in 1966.
The set comprises five decimal-sized coins struck by the Perth Mint. Their reverses are produced using the artist's original coin plasters, released to the Perth Mint for this purpose by the Mészáros family.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
2009  3,344 Proof in 5 Coin Pattern set

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