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20 Cents - Elizabeth II End of World War II

20 Cents - Elizabeth II (End of World War II) -  obverse 20 Cents - Elizabeth II (End of World War II) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley

Features

Country Australia
Type Circulating commemorative coin
Year 2005
Value 20 Cents
0.20 AUD = 0.14 USD
Composition Copper-nickel
Weight 11.3 g
Diameter 28.65 mm
Thickness 2.5 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
References KM# 745, Schön# 840
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)
Weltmünzkatalog
by Gerhard Schön, Günter Schön
(Battenberg Gietl Verlag)

Commemorative issue

60th Anniversary of the end of World War II

Obverse

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

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2005
IRB

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

Australian Soldier wearing slouch hat returned home after WWII embracing his wife and daughter.

Lettering:
WORLD WAR 1939-1945 COMING HOME
20

Engraver: Vladimir Gottwald

Vladimir Gottwald was a member of the Royal Australian Mint's Design and Engraving Section. His portrait, designed following the British Royal Mint's invitation for a new effigy in 1996, was among the three designs submitted to Her Majesty for approval. Although Rank-Broadley's design was eventually chosen, Gottwald's design was approved for a once only use to commemorate the Royal Visit in 2000.

Edge

Reeded

Comments

Released into general circulation by the Royal Australian Mint this coin commemorates the 60th anniversary of the end of World War 2. This design was inspired by a photograph in the Australian War Memorial collection of a soldier returning home to his family.

The coin was also included in the 2005 Proof, 2005 UNC, 2005 Baby & 2005 Wedding Sets. The 2005 Fine Silver Proof Set also included a Fine Silver (.999) version of the coin.

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2005  32,057,000 1.34 0.56 1.26 Circulation
2005  9,702 Proof Koala Baby Set
2005  33,520 Proof Year Set
2005  3,627 Specimen Wedding Set
2005  28,853 UNC Koala Baby Set
2005  71,546 UNC Year Set

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