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Coin: Two Dollars 2016 Olympics Red
Description

To celebrate the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, the Royal Australian Mint launched a series of limited edition Australian Olympic and Paralympic $2 coins.

The collection includes five Australian Olympic coins, each designed to showcase one of the Olympic Rings (with a distinctive striped circle around the centre, coloured as the respective Olympic ring), and one Australian Paralympic coin, Australia's first multi-coloured $2 coin.

Interestingly, the coins were released into circulation exclusively through the Woolworths chain of supermarkets, with customers receiving them in their change only (one colour every week; the red coins were released on 1 August 2016).

A limited number were also issued in special folders.

CountryAustralia CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Face value2 (x Dollar) TypeTwo Dollars Circulating Commemorative
Year2016 CurrentYes
Mintage2,000,000 (2.0 million)
Mints
NameMint markMintage
Royal Australian Mint No mint mark 2,000,000 (2.0 million)
MaterialAluminium-Bronze Designer
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II EffigyPortrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait)
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)20.5000 Thickness (mm)2.8000
Mass (g)6.6000
Obverse

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 2016.

Obverse inscription ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2016
Reverse

At centre, the emblem of the Australian Olympic Committee comprising of a kangaroo and emu facing a Federation star which represents the states and territories of Australia. Below them, the five Olympic rings. Around, concentric circles painted in red stripes. Around, figures representing various sports. Around above, 2016 AUSTRALIAN OLYMPIC TEAM. Around below, the denomination TWO DOLLARS.

Reverse inscription2016 AUSTRALIAN OLYMPIC TEAM TWO DOLLARS
EdgeMilled interrupted (20 notches in 4 sections) Edge inscriptionNone
Two Dollars 2016 Olympics Red: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Royal Australian Mint 2016 Mint link
Royal Australian Mint 2016 Mintage link
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List of all (41) coins of type: Australia / Two Dollars
Two Dollars 1988 Two Dollars 1989 Two Dollars 1990 Two Dollars 1991 (mint sets only) Two Dollars 1992 Two Dollars 1993
Two Dollars 1994 Two Dollars 1995 Two Dollars 1996 Two Dollars 1997 Two Dollars 1998 Two Dollars 1999
Two Dollars 2000 Two Dollars 2001 Two Dollars 2002 Two Dollars 2003 Two Dollars 2004 Two Dollars 2005
Two Dollars 2006 Two Dollars 2007 Two Dollars 2008 Two Dollars 2009 Two Dollars 2010 Two Dollars 2011
Two Dollars 2012 Two Dollars 2012 Remembrance Day (Poppy) Two Dollars 2013 Two Dollars 2013 Coronation (Purple) Two Dollars 2014 Two Dollars 2014 Remembrance Day (Green)
Two Dollars 2015 Two Dollars 2015 Remembrance Day (Red) Two Dollars 2015 Remembrance Day (Orange) Two Dollars 2016 Two Dollars 2016 Olympics Blue Two Dollars 2016 Olympics Black
Two Dollars 2016 Olympics Red Two Dollars 2016 Olympics Yellow Two Dollars 2016 Olympics Green Two Dollars 2016 Paralympic Two Dollars 2016 Changeover