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Coin type: Two Dollars
Description

The $2 coin was first introduced on 20 June 1988. Planning for a $2 coin commenced around the same time as that for the $1 coin. Like the $1 coin, the $2 coin replaced the note of the same denomination which had a short service life through high use.

A number of designers were invited to contribute designs for the $2 based on a design brief to include a representation of the head and shoulders of a traditional Australian Aboriginal, a representation of the Southern Cross and a representation of Australian flora. The selected design was prepared by Mr Horst Hahne, with inspiration taken from a drawing by Mr Ainslie Roberts.

The size of the $2 was determined after consideration of the needs of the visually impaired community, security considerations, a desire to avoid shaped coins, practical limitations to the diameter and thickness of coins, and to allow for future expansion of Australia's circulating coin array. When introduced, it was necessary to accommodate this new coin with seven existing denominations.

Composition: 92% copper, 6% aluminium, 2% nickel.

All $2 coins have been struck at the Royal Australian Mint.

CountryAustralia CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Sub-type of Sub-types Two Dollars Aboriginal Elder
Two Dollars Circulating Commemorative
Face value2 (x Dollar)
Years produced1988 - ? CurrentYes
MaterialAluminium-Bronze Designer
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)20.5000 Thickness (mm)2.8000
Mass (g)6.6000
Obverse

Australian decimal coins have carried four portraits of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second.

The inclusion of an effigy of the Queen on the obverse of Australia's coinage is mandated by Regulation 4 (c) of the Currency Regulations made under the Currency Act 1965. Portraits of Her Majesty have all faced to the right in line with a convention, said to have commenced with Charles II (1660-1685), that the new Monarch's portrait would face in a direction opposite to that of their predecessor.

Obverse inscription

Legend of the ruling monarch

Reverse

The reverse design includes a representation of the head and shoulders of a traditional Australian Aboriginal, a representation of the Southern Cross and a representation of Australian flora.

Reverse inscription

2 DOLLARS

EdgeMilled interrupted (20 notches in 4 sections) Edge inscription

None

Notes

If you keep your coins in 2x2 cardboard holders, the best size for two dollar coins is 22.5mm.

List of 41 coins of type: Two Dollars from Australia
NameMintageReignEffigyLegend
Two Dollars 1988 160,745,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Raphael David Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1988
Two Dollars 1989 31,637,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Raphael David Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1989
Two Dollars 1990 10,330,500 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Raphael David Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1990
Two Dollars 1991 (mint sets only) unknown Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Raphael David Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1991
Two Dollars 1992 15,551,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Raphael David Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1992
Two Dollars 1993 4,870,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Raphael David Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1993
Two Dollars 1994 22,143,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Raphael David Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1994
Two Dollars 1995 15,500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Raphael David Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1995
Two Dollars 1996 13,909,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Raphael David Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1996
Two Dollars 1997 19,039,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Raphael David Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1997
Two Dollars 1998 8,719,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Raphael David Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1998
Two Dollars 1999 27,300,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1999
Two Dollars 2000 5,706,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2000
Two Dollars 2001 35,709,569 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2001
Two Dollars 2002 29,728,514 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2002
Two Dollars 2003 13,695,090 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2003
Two Dollars 2004 20,134,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2004
Two Dollars 2005 45,500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2005
Two Dollars 2006 40,500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2006
Two Dollars 2007 26,000,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2007
Two Dollars 2008 47,000,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2008
Two Dollars 2009 74,500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2009
Two Dollars 2010 36,500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2010
Two Dollars 2011 1,800,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2011
Two Dollars 2012 5,900,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2012
Two Dollars 2012 Remembrance Day (Poppy) 6,300,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2012
Two Dollars 2013 35,100,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2013
Two Dollars 2013 Coronation (Purple) 1,000,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2013
Two Dollars 2014 39,900,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2014
Two Dollars 2014 Remembrance Day (Green) 1,900,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2014
Two Dollars 2015 22,000,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2015
Two Dollars 2015 Remembrance Day (Red) 1,500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2015
Two Dollars 2015 Remembrance Day (Orange) 2,200,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2015
Two Dollars 2016 unknown Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2016
Two Dollars 2016 Olympics Blue 2,000,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2016
Two Dollars 2016 Olympics Black 2,000,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2016
Two Dollars 2016 Olympics Red 2,000,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2016
Two Dollars 2016 Olympics Yellow 2,000,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2016
Two Dollars 2016 Olympics Green 2,000,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2016
Two Dollars 2016 Paralympic 2,000,000 Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2016
Two Dollars 2016 Changeover unknown Queen Elizabeth II Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2016 FIFTY YEARS
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