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20 Cents - Elizabeth II 4th Portrait - 400th Anniversary of Dirk Hartog's Landfall

20 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - 400th Anniversary of Dirk Hartog's Landfall) -  obverse20 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - 400th Anniversary of Dirk Hartog's Landfall) -  reverse

© Mike Bentley

Features

Country Australia
Queen Elizabeth II (1952-date)
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2016
Value 20 Cents
0.20 AUD = 0.14 USD
Currency Dollar (1966-date)
Composition Copper-nickel
Weight 11.31 g
Diameter 28.52 mm
Thickness 2.5 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑

Commemorative issue

400th Anniversary of Dirk Hartog's Landfall

Obverse

Small version of the 4th portrait of Queen Elizabeth II facing right wearing the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara set below a depiction of a pewter plate with Dutch words on it.

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II
AUSTRALIA 2016
IRB

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

Depiction of a pewter plate with Dutch writing on it set upon a globe of the world with the outline of Australia to the bottom right.

Lettering:
HARTOG 1616
20

Designer: Bronwyn King

Bronwyn King is a coin designer with the Royal Australian mint.

Edge

Reeded

20 Cents - Elizabeth II (4th Portrait - 400th Anniversary of Dirk Hartog's Landfall) -  obverse

© Mike Bentley

Mint

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

Comments

Released by the RAM to commemorate the landfall on the west coast of Australia on 25th October 1616 by the Dutch explorer Dirk Hartog. The coin was released in a large coincard and it has a frosted uncirculated finish.


Dirk Hartog made landfall on the west coast of Australia aboard the Eendracht 400 years ago. As the first European visitors to Australia to mark their arrival, the crew left behind a pewter plate inscribed with details of their visit and onward journey. Based on the original Hartog plate from the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, this faithful coin design is symbolic of European-Australian shared histories, and represents your chance to own another chapter in the story of Australia and the VOC (Dutch East India Co.).

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC
2016  10,000 UNC in Coincard

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