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2 Cents - Elizabeth II 3rd portrait

2 Cents - Elizabeth II (3rd portrait) -  obverse 2 Cents - Elizabeth II (3rd portrait) -  reverse

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Features

Country Australia
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 1985-1991
Value 2 Cents
0.02 AUD = 0.014 USD
Composition Bronze
Weight 5.2 g
Diameter 21.6 mm
Thickness 1.5 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
References KM# 79, Schön# 66
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)
Weltmünzkatalog
by Gerhard Schön, Günter Schön
(Battenberg Gietl Verlag)

Obverse

3rd portrait of Queen Elizabeth II facing right wearing the King George IV State Diadem

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1985
RDM

Engraver: Raphael David Maklouf

Raphael David Maklouf is a sculptor, best known for designing the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II used on the coins of many Commonwealth nations. Maklouf was born in Jerusalem emigrating with his family to the United Kingdom after the Second World War. He attended the Camberwell School of Art until 1958, afterward becoming an academic lecturer for ten years. He was made an Associate of the Royal Society of British Sculptors in 1979. Raphael Maklouf was born to a Jewish family. His father is Samuel Maklouf, born in Safed, Raphael Makouf's mother is Leonie Maklouf.

Reverse

Frill-necked Lizard (Chlamydosaurus kingii), also known as the Frilled Dragon, endemic to Australia and south New Guinea.

Lettering:
2
SD

Engraver: Stuart Devlin

Stuart Leslie Devlin, AO, CMG is a significant contemporary gold and silversmith. Australian-born, he has designed coins for countries around the world, and became especially well known as London-based designer of gold and silver collector's items in the 1970s and 80s.

Edge

Smooth

2 Cents - Elizabeth II (3rd portrait)

© Mike Bentley

Comments

From 1985 the RAM updated the obverse of the 2 cent coin with the Raphael Makleouf Effigy of Queen Elizabeth II. It was used until 1991 after which the 1 cent coin was withdrawn from circulation in February 1992 and after removal from circulation, the coins were melted down to make bronze medals for the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia.

The decision to stop minting it was announced in August 1990. The main reasons included the diminishing purchasing power of the coin and the rising costs of its production which eventually overtook its face value.

A Fine Silver (.999) Proof version of the coin was included in the 1991 "Masterpieces in Silver" eight coin set.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
1985  34,500,000 0.34 0.47 0.74 Circulation
1985  74,089 Proof year set
1985  170,000 UNC Year Set
1986  67,000 Proof Year Set
1986  180,000 UNC Year Set
1987  69,684 Proof Year Set
1987  200,000 UNC Year Set
1988  30,300,000 0.44 0.60 Circulation
1988  101,518 Proof Year Set
1988  10,000 UNC Sydney International Coin Fair Set
1988  240,000 UNC Year Set
1989  43,000,000 0.44 0.71 0.28 Circulation
1989  67,618 Proof Year Set
1989  150,602 UNC Year Set
1990  51,015 Proof Year Set
1990  103,766 UNC Year Set
1991  41,490 Proof Year Set
1991  200 UNC Singapore International Coin Fair Set
1991  147,700 UNC Year Set

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