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Coin: Two Cents 2009 Decimal Pattern
Description

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).

CountryAustralia CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Face value2 (x Cent) TypeTwo Cents
Year2009 CurrentYes
Mintage7,500 (7500)
Mints
NameMintageMint mark
Perth Mint 7,500 (7500) No mint mark
MaterialBronze DesignerAndor Mészáros
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II EffigyPortrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait)
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)21.5900 Thickness (mm)
Mass (g)5.2000
Obverse

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
Reverse

Wattle flowers and leaves. The numeral 2 superimposed. Artists initial's AM and symbol, lower left.

Reverse inscription

2

EdgePlain Edge inscription

None

Two Cents 2009 Decimal Pattern: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsAustralia KM# 1250
Two Cents 2009 Decimal Pattern: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Museum Victoria Collections 2016 Coin description link
Perth Mint 2016 Mint link
Perth Mint 2016 Mintage link
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Two Cents 2009 Decimal Pattern: Some useful external links
Museums Victoria Collection: Proof Coin Set - Andor Mészáros Australian Decimal Pattern, Australia
List of all (31) coins of type: Australia / Two Cents
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)