Twenty Cents 2000 (Silver, King Edward VII), Coin from Australia - detailed information

Twenty Cents 2000 (Silver, King Edward VII), Coin from Australia
CoinTwenty Cents 2000 (Silver, King Edward VII)

The Australian 20 cent coin was first introduced with decimalisation on 14 February 1966 when it replaced the pre-decimal Australian florin, to which it is equal in size and mass. The original reverse design by Stuart Devlin has not been changed since its introduction.

The denomination is occasionally used by both the Royal Australian Mint and the Perth Mint to issue collector coins, which are legal tender in Australia - such as this one.

This coin was part of the 5-coin set Matserpieces in Silver 2000 - Coins of the 20th Century - Monarchs. The set depicts five monarchs whose effigies have circulated on Australian currency during the 20th Century. The set contains:

2 Dollars with Queen Victoria
20 Cents with King Edward VII (this coin)
20 Cents with King George V
50 Cents with King George VI
20 Cents with Queen Elizabeth II - Mary Gillick effigy

All of these coins have the Fourth Portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank Broadley on the obverse - which also shows the value and denomination; on the other side, they have a historic obverse depicting one of the monarchs and carrying his/her legend, in Latin language as was the practice on pre-decimal coins. Thus, they have the curious appearance of having two obverses, although technically speaking the "historic" side is a commemorative reverse in this case.

Actual mintage of the set was 10,412 from an initially announced limit of 15,000.

The coins are made of 99.9% silver and were issued in Proof FDC grade only. No coins of this type were released into circulation.

MintRoyal Australian Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Mintage10,412
Obverse
Australia / Twenty Cents 2000 (Silver, King Edward VII) - obverse photo

Crowned mature head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (effigy known as the "Fourth Portrait"). 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 Gottwald portraits.

In tiny letters below the head, the artist's initials IRB (for Ian Rank-Broadley).

Around above the effigy is the monarch's legend and the date: ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2000. Around below, · TWENTY CENTS ·

Note that the value and denomination are on the obverse.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2000 · TWENTY CENTS ·
Reverse
Australia / Twenty Cents 2000 (Silver, King Edward VII) - reverse photo

Crowned and robed bust of King Edward VII facing right; the King is wearing the Imperial Crown, the ermine Robe of State and the Collar of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath.

Below the bust truncation, in small letters are the artist's initials DES (for [George William] de Saulles).

Around, the monarch's legend: EDWARDVS VII D: G: BRITT: OMN: REX F: D: IND: IMP: ·. Translated from Latin: Edward the Seventh, by the Grace of God, King of all the Britains, Defender of the Faith, Emperor of India.

Reverse Inscription EDWARDVS VII D: G: BRITT: OMN: REX F: D: IND: IMP: ·
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

According to the Royal Australian Mint, this coin represents a 1910 Australian Florin; original dies and plasters in the mint's possession were used to produce the modern dies.

The issue price of the 5-coin set was A$139.00.

Twenty Cents 2000 (Silver, King Edward VII): References to Information Used
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Royal Australian Mint 1 November 2000 Mint link
Royal Australian Mint 1 November 2000 Mintage link
Royal Australian Mint 1 November 2000 Composition link
All (25) Coins of Country: Australia, Type: Twenty Cents (NCLT)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Twenty Cents 1998 (Silver, 1910 Florin) 15,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1998 · TWENTY CENTS ·
Twenty Cents 1998 (Silver, Canberra Florin) 15,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1998 · TWENTY CENTS ·
Twenty Cents 1998 (Silver, Melbourne Florin) 15,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1998 · TWENTY CENTS ·
Twenty Cents 1998 (Silver, 1938 Florin) 15,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1998 · TWENTY CENTS ·
Twenty Cents 1998 (Silver, Federation Jubilee Florin) 15,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1998 · TWENTY CENTS ·
Twenty Cents 1998 (Silver, Royal Visit Florin) 15,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1998 · TWENTY CENTS ·
Twenty Cents 1998 (Silver, United Nations) 15,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1998
Twenty Cents 1998 (Silver, Fourth Portrait) 15,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1998
Twenty Cents 1999 (Silver, Threepence) 15,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 1999 · TWENTY CENTS ·
Twenty Cents 2000 (Silver, King Edward VII) 10,412 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2000 · TWENTY CENTS ·
Twenty Cents 2000 (Silver, King George V) 10,412 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2000 · TWENTY CENTS ·
Twenty Cents 2000 (Silver, Queen Elizabeth II) 10,412 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2000 · TWENTY CENTS ·
Twenty Cents 2006 (Silver, Second Portrait) 5,829 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2006
Twenty Cents 2007 Year of the Life Saver (NCLT) unknown Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2007
Twenty Cents 2008 Year of Planet Earth (NCLT) unknown Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2008
Twenty Cents 2009 Year of Astronomy (NCLT) unknown Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2009
Twenty Cents 2009 Australian Service Nurses (NCLT) unknown Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2009
Twenty Cents 2009 Decimal Pattern 7,500 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2009
Twenty Cents 2010 (Gold, Gottwald Portrait) 500 Portrait by Vladimir Gottwald ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2010
Twenty Cents 2010 Lost Soldiers of Fromelles (NCLT) unknown Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2010
Twenty Cents 2010 Burke and Wills (NCLT) unknown Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2010
Twenty Cents 2011 Ashes (NCLT) unknown Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2011
Twenty Cents 2011 War Historians (NCLT) unknown Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2011
Twenty Cents 2011 Riding on the Sheep's Back (NCLT) unknown Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2011
Twenty Cents 2019 (Third Portrait) 20,000 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2019
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Twenty Cents 2000 (Silver, King Edward VII): Details
CountryAustralia
CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Coin TypeTwenty Cents (NCLT)
Issued2000
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyPortrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait)
Face Value20 (x Cent)
Mintage10,412
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Silver
DesignerGeorge William de Saulles
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size (mm)28.5200
Thickness (mm)2.5200
Mass (g)13.3600
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Twenty Cents 2000 (Silver, King Edward VII): Photos
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2000 20c Silver Proof Masterpieces in Silver Twentieth Century Monarchs
Copyright: Downies
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2000 20c Silver Proof Masterpieces in Silver Twentieth Century Monarchs
Copyright: Downies
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Twenty Cents 2000 (Silver, King Edward VII): Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsAustralia KM# 496