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2 Dollars - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait - 50th Anniversary of Decimal Currency

2 Dollars - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - 50th Anniversary of Decimal Currency) -  obverse2 Dollars - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - 50th Anniversary of Decimal Currency) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley

Features

Country Australia
Queen Elizabeth II (1952-date)
Type Circulating commemorative coin
Years 2016-2018
Value 2 Dollars
2.00 AUD = 1.43 USD
Currency Dollar (1966-date)
Composition Aluminium-bronze
Weight 6.6 g
Diameter 20.5 mm
Thickness 3.2 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑

Commemorative issue

50th Anniversary of Decimal Currency

Obverse

Small Version of the 4th portrait of Queen Elizabeth II facing right wearing the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara above a reproduction of 1 Crown (5 Shillings) Coin

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II
AUSTRALIA 2016
FIFTY YEARS
COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA (Within the Crown)

Designer: 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

A male Aboriginal Elder, The 5 stars of the Southern Cross constellation and Australian native grasstrees

Lettering:
2
DOLLARS

Designer: Horst Hahne

Horst Hahne PSM, is an Australian sculptor, medallist and designer. Signature: "HH"

Edge

Smooth with 4 short reeded segments (5 grooves each)

2 Dollars - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - 50th Anniversary of Decimal Currency) -  obverse

© Mike Bentley

Mint

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

Comments

This coin was released as part of the RAM 2016 Mint and Proof Sets and commemorates the Changeover 50 years ago to decimal currency in Australia. It is unusual in that the Obverse of the coin has a miniature Ian Rank-Broadly Queens Head and a representation of an Australian Crown coin (5 Shillings) as issued in 1937 &  1938. The Reverse of the coin is the same as a standard definitive 2 Dollar coin. This coin was also released as a circulation coin in 2016 alongside the normal definitive version.

This was the UNC Mint Set.
  
  

The RAM issued a "Push in Folder" for collectors to keep all six of the "Changeover" circulating coins:


An UNC version of the coin was included in the 30th Anniversary of the Two Dollar Coin (1988-2018) Set dated 2018:


© Amer Salmeh

A Proof version of the coin (Dated 2018) was included in the three coin proof set celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the $2 coin in 2018.


Also released by Australia Post as a Postal Numismatic Cover  (2016 Issue 05)

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
2016  2,975,000 3.24 3.01 1.49 5.02 82% Circulating
2016  125,000 0% Circulating - Mint Roll (5,000 Rolls)
2016  4% Circulating - Sealed Mint Bag
2016  20,852 28.04 4% Proof Year Set
2016  9,000 1.2% UNC in PNC
2016  300 0% UNC in PNC - Limited Edition
2016  1,250 0.3% UNC Set - World Money Fair Berlin
2016  63,571 14% UNC Year Set
2018  1,988 1.2% Proof in 30th Anniversary 3 Coin Set
2018  29,450 4.71 8% UNC in 30th Anniversary Set

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