Detailed information about Coin: Twenty Cents 2005 60th Anniversary of the End of WW2 from Australia
Commemorating the 60th anniversary of the end of World War 2.
The design was inspired by a photograph in the Australian War Memorial collection of a soldier returning home to his family. Designed and sculpted by Vladimir Gottwald.
|Face value||20 (x Cent)||Type||Twenty Cents Circulating Commemorative|
|Mintage||33,500,000 (33.5 million)|
|Monarch||Queen Elizabeth II||Effigy||Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait)|
|Production technology||Milled (machine-made)||Shape||Round|
|Size (mm)||28.6500||Thickness (mm)||2.5200|
Crowned head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (effigy known as the "Fourth portrait"). In tiny letters below head the artist's initials IRB (for Ian Rank-Broadley). Around, ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2005.
|Obverse inscription||ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2005|
The design was modeled on a photograph from the Australian War Memorial and after a nationwide search it was found that the young girl in the design is Jaquie Dowling and her mother Lorna greeting Private William Leslie Darcy, an ex Prisoner of War on his return home in 1945.
War memorial historian Dr Peter Stanley worked closely with Royal Australian Mint engraver Vladimir Gottwald to bring this image to a circulating 20c coin. The reverse of the coin features Gottwald's stylised "G" below the "20".
The inscription reads "WORLD WAR 1939 - 1945 COMING HOME".
WORLD WAR 1939 - 1945 COMING HOME
|Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins||Australia KM# 745|
|Royal Australian Mint||2016||Mint||link|
|Royal Australian Mint||2016||Mintage||link|
|Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins||Varieties||Proof|
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