|Coin||Ten Cents 2010 (Gold, Gottwald Portrait)|
In 2010, the Royal Australian Mint produced - apart from the regular brilliant uncirculated, proof and silver proof coin sets - a commemorative gold coin set, the 2010 Gold Proof Set - Australian Numismatic Centenary. Unlike the other sets - which feature the regular effigy of the Queen by Ian Rank-Broadley, which was in circulation in Australia at the time - the coins in the gold set have her effigy by Vladimir Gottwald.
It is a uniquely Australian effigy, designed exclusively for the Royal Australian Mint, by its world renowned designer - Vladimir Gottwald. Acting on a worldwide invitation from Buckingham Palace in 1999, to design a more modern effigy of Queen Elizabeth II, Vladimir Gottwald’s design was eventually selected to honour Her Majesty’s royal visit of 2000 on a commemorative 50c coin.
The 6-coin set contains 5 cents, 10 cents, 20 cents, 50 cents, $1 and $2 coins - all with the Queen's portrait by Vladimir Gottwald.
The coins are made of 99.99% gold. No coins of this type were released into circulation.
Crowned head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (by Vladimir Gottwald). The Queen wears the "Girls of Great Britain and Ireland" diamond tiara, a wedding gift from Queen Mary (Her Majesty's grandmother) in 1947 - which she also has on the Machin and the Ian Rank-Broadley portraits, and the King Faisal of Saudi Arabia Necklace.
A small G in a circle under the portrait represents the artist's initial.
Around the effigy is the monarch's legend and the date: ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2010.
Lyrebird seen facing left with its tail plumes expanded forward over its head. The denomination numeral 10 [cents] is above the head of the bird; the artist's initials SD (for Stuart Devlin) are in (very) tiny letters below, in the field beside its right foot.
The 6-coin set, Royal Australian Mint Product Code 803400, was announced in February 2010, at issue price of A$6,995.00. The coins are housed in a finely crafted wooden case, with an engraved plaque indicating the mintage number.