Detailed information about Coin: Two Cents 2009 Decimal Pattern from Australia
In May 2009, the Perth mint released a proof coin set based on Andor Mészáros 1966 decimal currency designs.
The tribute set contains five coins which reproduce the reverse designs submitted by Andor Mészáros for the low-denomination coins, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cent, in Australia's first issue of decimal currency in 1966. The obverse of the coins was designed by Ian Rank-Broadley. The coins in this set are proof quality silver. They were created using plasters supplied by the Mészáros family.
Mészáros was a prominent sculptor and medal artist based in Melbourne. As part of the project to introduce decimal currency to Australia, the Advisory Panel on Coin Design commissioned six artists, including Mészáros, to submit reverse designs for the new coins. Andor's designs included Australian flora (wattle and waratah) and fauna (platypus, yabbie, kookaburra, snake and black swan). The successful artist was Stuart Devlin, a Geelong-born gold and silversmith, later based in England.
This set highlights the artistic endeavours involved in the development of decimal currency, which was a major event in Australia's numismatic history.
Mass: 5.53 g. Diameter: 21.6 mm. Composition: 0.999 silver (0.1776 oz. ASW).
|Face value||2 (x Cent)||Type||Two Cents|
|Monarch||Queen Elizabeth II||Effigy||Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait)|
|Production technology||Milled (machine-made)||Shape||Round|
|Size (mm)||21.5900||Thickness (mm)|
Crowned head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (effigy known as the "Fourth portrait"), smaller than on regular coins. In tiny letters below head the artist's initials IRB (for Ian Rank-Broadley). Around, ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2009.
|Obverse inscription||ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2009|
Wattle flowers and leaves. The numeral 2 superimposed. Artists initial's AM and symbol, lower left.
|Krause, Standard Catalog of World Coins||Australia KM# 1250|
|Museums Victoria Collections||2016||Coin description||link|
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|Museums Victoria Collection: Proof Coin Set - Andor Mészáros Australian Decimal Pattern, Australia|
|Two Cents 1966||Two Cents 1967||Two Cents 1968||Two Cents 1969||Two Cents 1970||Two Cents 1971|
|Two Cents 1972||Two Cents 1973||Two Cents 1974||Two Cents 1975||Two Cents 1976||Two Cents 1977|
|Two Cents 1978||Two Cents 1979||Two Cents 1980||Two Cents 1981||Two Cents 1982||Two Cents 1983|
|Two Cents 1984||Two Cents 1985||Two Cents 1986 (mint sets only)||Two Cents 1987 (mint sets only)||Two Cents 1988||Two Cents 1989|
|Two Cents 1990 (mint sets only)||Two Cents 1991 (mint sets only)||Two Cents 2006 (mint sets only)||Two Cents 2006 (Silver, Second Portrait)||Two Cents 2009 Decimal Pattern||Two Cents 2011 (Silver)|
|Two Cents 2012 (Gold)|