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20 Cents - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait - Coming Home - End of World War II

20 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Coming Home - End of World War II) -  obverse20 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Coming Home - 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
Currency Dollar (1966-date)
Composition Copper-nickel
Weight 11.3 g
Diameter 28.65 mm
Thickness 2.5 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
References KM# 745,
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)
Schön# 840
Weltmünzkatalog
by Gerhard Schön, Günter Schön
(Battenberg Gietl Verlag)

Commemorative issue

60th Anniversary of World War II - Coming Home

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

20 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - Coming Home - End of World War II) -  obverse

© Mike Bentley

Comments

The 2005 Coming Home 20c coin shown above was released by the RAM into general circulation. It commemorates the 60th Anniversary of World War II and invites us to remember the sacrifices made by our troops in those times. This design was inspired by a photograph in the Australian War Memorial collection of a soldier returning home to his family. The RAM also released other similar themed issues during the year, a one dollar coin for Peace and a 50 cent Remembrance coin, all fitting accompaniments to this issue.

All three coins were also included in the 2005 Proof & Baby Koala Proof Sets.


They were also included in the 2005 Uncirculated and Baby Koala Uncirculated Sets.


They were also included in the 2005 Wedding Specimen Set.
 

All three of the above mentioned coins were also issued in the 2005 Fine Silver (.999) Proof Set.

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2005  32,057,000 0.96 0.96 1.11 Circulation
2005  12,884 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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