Ten Cents 2010 (Gold, Gottwald Portrait), Coin from Australia - detailed information

Ten Cents 2010 (Gold, Gottwald Portrait), Coin from Australia
CoinTen 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.

MintRoyal Australian Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage500
Australia / Ten Cents 2010 (Gold, Gottwald Portrait) - obverse photo

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.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2010
Australia / Ten Cents 2010 (Gold, Gottwald Portrait) - reverse photo

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.

Reverse Inscription 10
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone

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.

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Ten Cents 2010 (Gold, Gottwald Portrait): Details
CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Coin TypeTen Cents, NCLT
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Vladimir Gottwald
Face Value10 (x Cent)
Total Mintage500
Material0.9999 Gold
DesignerStuart Devlin
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size23.600 mm
Mass12.140 g
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2010 10c Gold Proof for the Proof Year Set
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2010 10c Gold Proof for the Proof Year Set
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