International Women's Day (IWD) is celebrated on 8 March across the world. IWD is a global day celebrating the economical, political and social achievements of women in the past, present and future. It is a day when women are recognised for their achievements, without regards for division, whether national, ethic, linguistic, cultural, economical or political.
This coin commemorates the centenary of International Women’s Day where organisations, governments and women's groups around the world choose different themes each year that reflect social, cultural and political achievements of women.
Coins issued in 2011 have now been in circulation for eight years.
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 the effigy is the monarch's legend and the date: ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2011.
The reverse of the coin features the UN Women Australia's logo for International Women's Day, which represents three women with arms outstretched celebrating the day.
Around, INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY. Divided by the figures in the foreground, the dates 1911 and 2011. In the background, the text CELEBRATING 100 YEARS is repeated in 12 lines. Below, the denomination 20 [cents].